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Historical Survey: The Background of Kathak

Title:Historical Survey: The Background of Kathak
Author:Vyas, D.G.
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 12 Issue no. 4; September 1959, p. 4-7
Abstract:Kathak is the specific dance style adopted by the Kathakas, who are mentioned in Sanskrit and Jaina texts as storytellers recounting the epics and myths. In the north, Kathak and Manipuri have a common background, but with different styles. The community of Kathakas became prominent in Mughal times, and flourished under the impetus of Vaishnavism. Krishna and Radha are the principal subjects, and figure in the kurtanas (poetic compositions). Kathak includes all the classical forms -- nritta, nritya, and natya --; and emphasizes foot movements. It derives its authority, like the other classical dances, from Bharata's Natyashastra.

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