The beautiful blend of graceful movements, mesmerising footwork and a fascinating charm, the elegant Indian classical dance form, Kathak, is an art of expression. Its origin revolves around the history of story-tellers and the art of storytelling.
Counted among the eight Indian classical dance forms, kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word “Katha” meaning “story”.
The emergence of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient Northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers. Wandering kathakars communicated stories from our great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music. Kathak dancers essay stories through their hand movements, extensive foot work and facial expressions.
Kathak is an experience that affects the body in its eternity, while communicating through the mind. It travels through the dancer’s body, mind and emotions, exploring new dimensions and diverse processes. It is the celebration of our “Inner Self”, for everyone to participate – the performers as well as the audience!