Kathak Training

Importance of Kathak

There are two main divisions in Kathak - nritta and nritya. Nritta means taallayashrayam yuktam i.e. exceptional application of taal (beat) and laay (speed), and Nritya means presentation of emotion through meaningful words or songs on rhytmn. Today's Kathak can be vigorous like taandav or gentle like laasya (delicate).

*Kathak is based on North Indian classical music using different Raagas and different Taalas.

It is taal/percussion/ rhythm based. It involves quick body movements against noncewords, these movements being varied as toda, paran, amad etc.

The unique emphasis on footwork sets kathak apart from other forms. The dancer puts on more and more ghungaroos (bells) and performs to more and more difficult beats. This footwork is called tatkaar.

Kavitta is an important part of Kathak. In this meaningful words are set to music (bit) and rhythm (chhand) and these are varied & dancers make improvised movements on it.

Kathak employs more of bhramari-circle or chakri as compared to other dance forms.

The following musical instruments are used in Kathak Dance

Tabla Harmonium Saarangi
Pakhawaj Taanpura Sitar

Dresses worn in Katkhak are very special Ghagra Choli, Mughal dress.

Kathak specializes in expressing emotions or bhaav alongside the popular classical musical compositions thumri.

Kathak employs simple and eloquent hand gestures.

When the Kathak dancer makes a presentation even ordinary people should be able to appreciate it. This is the goal of every Kathak Dancer.

For training on Kathak Please refer our Book Kathak Margadarshan and Audio CD Sangeet Parampara.
For basic knowledege of Kathak refer our VCD "Kathak a Divine Spirt"