Kathak

Kathak

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 Kathak, a north Indian classical dance form, can be traced back to 2000 years and is referred to in the ancient Sanskrit text of performing arts by Bharata Muni, called ‘Natya Shastra’. The term Kathak is derived from Vedic Sanskrit word Katha meaning "story", and kathaka meaning "he who tells a story". Its origin is attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers, who communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs, and music in a manner similar to early Greek theatre. Kathak is found in three distinct forms, called "gharanas", named after the cities, where the Kathak dance tradition evolved – Jaipur, Banaras and Lucknow.