Kathak dance is the Indian dance form which attributes to the traveling bards of ancient northern India. They are known as Kathakars or storytellers. But there has been revival and reinvention in India’s Kathak dance form.
Kathak is the Hindi name for one of the oldest Indian classical dances.
The term has been derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word ‘Katha’. It means ‘story’ and Kathaka means ‘the one who tells a story’.
The dance form is found in three distinct forms called ‘gharanas’. It is named after the cities where the traditional dance evolved – Jaipur, Lucknow, and Banaras.
But for a few years there, the dance form had declined in popularity and not enough attention was being given to it.
To combat that, there are now different fusions of this Indian classical dance with Hip-Hop and Contemporary.
The young generation needs to be educated about the vast and rich heritage and should be helped to reconnect with it.
Didn’t know much about the existence of Kathak dance in today’s time? Here watch how it has revived and reinvented itself:
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