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Kathak

Kathak

Storytelling through dance of Krishna and Radha, of folklore and myths. A dance style has undergone immense changes but blossomed into a form of expression most fluid and natural. join the world of Ghungroos and Bols, Nazakat and Chakkars.

Child: "Tell me a story Ma…!" Ma: "The Kathakas are here; go listen to their dancing– singing story."

In the olden days there was always a tradition of spreading news, information stories and myths through travelling groups. To make it interesting they came up with tunes and music. Instead of standing at a place they devised interesting steps and to look good they wore costumes for easy identification. Travelling from place to place and telling "Gathas" or "Kathas" they were called Kathakas and then over centuries it branched into a dance form with mythological stories to tell…of Lord Krishna and Radha. The stories were religious based because it was also performed in the temple. "KATHAK" is this Indian form of dance with influences from all those peoples who came into the country and lived with us. Costumes underwent a change through the Mughal influences. It became a performing art in due course. And now India is a center with the most brilliant dancers, both men and women. Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Sitar Devi, Saswati Sen, Shambhu Maharaj and Uma Sharma are a few of the wellknown maestros in the field.

Costume-It is so simple in its design but grand in its appeal. Adorning minimal jewelry and a string of bells a Kathak dancer can step into a world of graceful storytelling and mesmerize the world with footwork (Tatkar) and Pirouette (Chakkar) one only may wonder at!!.

Nazakat and mime in Abhinaya (Expression) and Bols and Hastmudras Kathak is a unique combination of dance and Individual style. Each Guru hailing from a region promoted the finer nuances of Kathak as a tradition. These are the Gharanas for e.g., Lucknow, Jaipur and Benaras… Not to mention the fantastic Kathak dancer is accompanied by a singer/ Harmonium player, a Tabla/ Pakhawaj player and of course a Sarangi/ Sitar too. The Institute offers a learning programme in Tabla, sitar, Hindustani Vocal too in near Vidyavihar West Station, Kurla (west), Mumbai. .

In the olden days there was always a tradition of spreading news, information stories and myths through travelling groups. To make it interesting they came up with tunes and music.

Instead of standing at a place they devised interesting steps and to look good they wore costumes for easy identification. Travelling from place to place and telling "Gathas" or "Kathas" they were called Kathakas and then over centuries it branched into a dance form with mythological stories to tell…of Lord Krishna and Radha. The stories were religious based because it was also performed in the temple. "KATHAK" is this Indian form of dance with influences from all those peoples who came into the country and lived with us.

Benefits: Weight loss, Cultivating expression (Abhinaya) Who Should Enrol: Girls +6 years (no age bar)