India Kathak Dance

The word Kathak is derived from the name given to its practitioners ‘Kathakars’. Katha meaning story and it’s practitioners being those who told these stories. This style from northern India has gained immense popularity today. It is known for its sparkling footwork, fast whirling movements and subtle abhinaya or mimetic dance. It almost never fails to capture the audience and this ability is probably because of its long history in the courts of emperor’s and kings.The word Kathak is derived from the name given to its practitioners ‘Kathakars’. Katha meaning story and it’s practitioners being those who told these stories. This style from northern India has gained immense popularity today. It is known for its sparkling footwork, fast whirling movements and subtle abhinaya or mimetic dance. It almost never fails to capture the audience and this ability is probably because of its long history in the courts of emperors and kings.

The technique of the physical body in kathak is very well defined and balanced. The movement of the arms is both sharp and lyrical. There is even combination of both linear and circular movements which make the form simultaneously sharp and quick as well as melodic and flowing. Emerging through the post modern times many dancers have ventured into exploring new ways of movement and finding their own artistic expression.