India's Kathak Dance, Past Present, Future

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Abhinav Publications, Jan 1, 1999 - Dance - 148 pages
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All The Major Dance Styles Of The Indian Subcontinent Share A Common Root System Of Ethical And Aesthetic Values. Hence No Single Style Can Claim To Be Purer Or Older Than Any Other. Kathak- The Style That Grew, Took Shape And Flourished In The Northern Regions Of The Subcontinent-Has Been Misunderstood And Misinterpreted On Account Of Ignorance And Prejudice From Various Quarters. This Book Sets Out, Therefore, To Rectify Incorrect Perceptions By Presenting Historical Facts And Placing Kathak Dance In Its Proper Cultural Context. The Background Of The Dance Is Explained In Detail; The Religious, Social And Political Influences Over The Centuries Are Recounted; Myth, Theory And Reality Are Expounded Upon; Current Trends Are Described And Future Possibilities Examine; And, Not Least, The Sheer Beauty Of Kathak Is Exposed To Both The Eye And The Intellect. This Book Provides Not Only Information On Technique And Training But Also Tells The Dance Lover What To Look For In A Typical Kathak Performance. It Will, Indeed, Assist The Reader Better To Appreciate And Understand A Great Dance Style. The Names And Addresses Of Recognised Dance Schools And Teachers, Both In India And Abroad, Will Prove Useful, As Will The Glossary And Bibliography. India S Kathak Dance: Past, Present, Future Is Essential Reading For All Those Who Wish To Be Acquainted With India S Immense Cultural And Artistic Achievements.
 

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Contents

The Background
1
Its History Growth Costumes and Jewellery
15
3 Technique Forms and Poetry
33
4 The Training of a Dancer
46
5 Appreciating a Typical Performance
52
6 Ras Lila The Folk Dance of Braj
59
7 Innovation Experimentation New Choreographies
64
8 Approaches to Criticism
70
9 Views Reviews Overviews and Interviews
79
10 Observations and Clarifications
114
Addresses of Dancers Teachers and Dance Academies
130
Glossary
139
Bibliography
142
Index
144
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