Kathak Workshop, Delhi, March 1976Library Artifacts
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Kathak is commonly regarded as one of the seven state recognised classical dance forms of India. It is known for its technical virtuosity, fluidity of movements, footwork, sharp spins and highly versatile range of abhinaya. This video delineates some of the key aspects of the Lucknow and Jaipur…
Mathematics is woven into the fabric of Kathak. Terms like 'layakari' and 'upaj' reflect the emphasis Kathak places on technical calculations and this is enhanced by the prominence of improvisation and spontaneity in its calculative creation process.
Dancers beautifully adapt poetry and literary works (sahitya) into Kathak choreography. But Kathak has Sahitya of its own as well, which is inherent to it. It does not come from an outside source, but is found within its own language.
On December 30, 1935, the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar witnessed the first appearance of a girl who had no real background in the dance of the dasis. It was unheard of that a Brahmin girl would publicly dance the art of the devadasis (temple dancers of south India). Over a…
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