Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances. This dance traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient north India, known as ‘Kathakars’ or the storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances. From 16th century onward, it also absorbed certain features of Persian dance while in the courts of Nawabs of Awadh. Today, Kathak has emerged as a distinct dance form. Being the only classical dance of India having links with Muslim culture, it represents a unique synthesis of Hindu and Muslim genius in art. Further, Kathak is the only form of classical dance wedded to Hindustani or the North Indian music, both of them have had a parallel growth, each feeding and sustaining the other.
Classical dance forms in India have to be backed by a fair understanding of the many nuances, and more so when a dance form is based on a story, that is narrated visually by the dancer through the dance. This Kathak Interpretation session allows you, to admire this complex classical dance form, appreciate the steps of dance, hand movements, facial expressions, the storyline and the music. The forms include, temple dances, court dances and Sufi interventions that complete the understanding of this dance form.
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- Kathak Dancer from the Lucknow Gharana (School of Kathak).
- Live accompanying musicians.
- Interpretation in English, with aid of framed pictures / projection.
- Ankle-Bells (Ghungroo) as give away.
This experience is best clubbed with ‘Dine with Maharaja‘, though it can also be an independent experience.