Kathak is the enigmatic, energetic, classical dance form of Northern India. It has traversed a long journey from the temples of India to the courts of the Mughal rulers, even the mehfils of the baijis, to films, yet always retaining its essence – flowing … lucid … graceful.
Originating in Lucknow, Jaipur, and Benaras, Kathak got maximum patronage during the Mughal era; therefore the exotic Persian influence. Kathak has the endearing aspect of weaving through simple language and mnemonic syllables (bols) stories of Gods and Goddesses, love and might, also day to day simple chores like filling a pot of water or the churning of butter. As you will witness in any dance of kathak – one moment of energetic burst, and another of emotional rendering…the ghungroos reverberate to rhythms and emotions.
Some of the special items that are featured in a Kathak recital are Thumri, Bhajan, Dadra, Ghazal, Tiruwat & Tarana.