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Kathak, which literally means story teller, is a North Indian classical dance form, in which the dancer attempts to tell a story. Kathak originates from Katha – the art of story telling. It appears that a class of professional story tellers has existed from ancient – they used to sing, dance and even act while telling a story and thus evolved Kathak, the dance form.
The dance form had its roots in temples, as most of Indian classical art has and was greatly influenced by the Bhakti movement in North India. Stories of Lord Krishna and his exploits were very common. Kathak as it exists today is a synthesis of all the input it has had in the past: court and romantic aspects sit comfortable side-by-side with the temple and mythological aspects. Characterised by exquisite and fast-paced footwork, it is a visually spectacular dance form with leaps, jumps and pirouettes.
PAST KATHAK TUTORS
Kathak used to be taught by a part-time tutor in SIFAS until the year 2007. Gurus Preeti Parasher and Irene Manual used to teach part-time until 2007. Since 2008, when Guru Anjum Bharti joined SIFAS, it has been a full-time discipline, which has gained in popularity over the years.
From a mere 3 students in the year 2001, the number of students has gone up to 221 in the year 2016. SIFAS also held its first ever Kathak debut performance in the year 2016.
CURRENT KATHAK TUTORS
Guru Mulla Afsar Khan
Guru Jyotika Joshi
Guru Nivedita Khot
Guru Aamrapali Bhandari
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