For the Love of Kathak

Dance is an art, it is your cure for sadness and it is also a stress buster. I dance too, it’s therapy. Kathak is a very elegant dance form. Put on the bells like now to know more about kathak. It is one of the eight main forms of Indian classical dance. The term Kathak has its roots in the Vedic term Katha (Sanskrit: Katha) which means story, conversation, and traditional tale. Kathak dancers dance to tell the story of the ancient period using different gestures, expressions, eye movements, and very unique hands movements or gestures. Kathak evolved during the Bhakti movement, particularly incorporating the childhood and stories of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as independently in the courts of the kingdoms of North India. The main focus of the dance becomes the eyes and foot movements. The eyes function as a means of communication of the story that the dancer tries to communicate. With eyebrows, the dancer gives various facial expressions. Instead of enacting love stories of Rādhā and Krishna, the emphasis is shifted to pure, abstract dance. The Mughals also brought with them Persian cultural influences. The Hindu kings of Rajasthan also patronized Kathak dancers who performed Puranic and epic Hindu tales of divine madness. Dēvadāsi courtesans played a role in maintaining this Hindu court tradition.

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