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Kathak an Indian Dance
Kathak an Indian Dance

Tuhin Sarkar
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A unique feature of Kathak dance is that the dancers themselves recite the bols the beats unlike other dance forms like Bharatanatyam where the teacher does the reciting. In Kathak it is considered essential for the dancers to recite the bols in their presentation. The dancers in the process of this recitation are actually rehearsing their steps before actually executing them. The accompanying musicians will often repeat a bol recited by the dance which makes the dance patterns and the music patterns almost identical. This concept is known as the parhant . We shall conclude by explaining the section on nritta by explaining the tattakara . The tattakara is another method by which the dancers present their capabilities over rhythmic patterns. In this form the dancer can insert intervals into the beat of a given metric cycle. For instance the dancers may execute a twelve beat pattern in a sixteen beat cycle by slowing down or execute a twenty four beat pattern by increasing their speed. The dancers are taught to be able to improvise on the basic sixteen beat pattern. Towards the end of the tattakara the dancer s capabilities in controlling weight distribution are put to their toughest test. The dancer should be able to while executing rhythmic patterns restrict the jingling of almost a hundred bells on the feet to just one or two. This is one of the toughest aspects of the dancer s training for the dancer must achieve a certain body axis and be absolutely static from the torso upward. It is even more difficult since this is performed towards the end of the dance when the dancer s feet are tired.

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Tuhin Sarkar
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There is a popular saying that ?Katha kahe so kathak? one who tells a story is a kathak . Etymologically the word kathaka is related to katha the art of story telling. From literary evidence it appears that in ancient times a class of professional story-tellers recited the epics and the mythological stories with an added eliment of abhinaya-acting. While reciting they sang danced and acted. The art was handed down from one generation to the next generation in a hereditary manner as an oral tradition.

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Tuhin Sarkar
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There is a popular saying that ?Katha kahe so kathak? one who tells a story is a kathak . Etymologically the word kathaka is related to katha the art of story telling. From literary evidence it appears that in ancient times a class of professional story-tellers recited the epics and the mythological stories with an added eliment of abhinaya-acting. While reciting they sang danced and acted. The art was handed down from one generation to the next generation in a hereditary manner as an oral tradition.

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