Kathak (कथक) dance @ 2019 Diwali: Lights of India Festival, Seattle, WA, USA Pt II

Artists of Anga Kala Kathak Academy perform a traditional Kathak (कथक) dance during the ‘Diwali: Lights of India Festival’ at Seattle Center Armory in Seattle, WA, USA on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.

The event was jointly organized by Seattle Center Festál and Vedic Cultural Center – International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) of Washington (Sammamish).

Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means “story”, and Kathakar which means “the one who tells a story”, or “to do with stories”. Wandering Kathakars communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music in a manner similar to early Greek theatre. Kathak dancers tell various stories through their hand movements and extensive footwork, but most importantly through their facial expressions. Kathak evolved during the Bhakti movement, particularly by incorporating the childhood and stories of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as independently in the courts of north Indian kingdoms.

Kathak is found in three distinct forms, called “gharanas”, named after the cities where the Kathak dance tradition evolved – Jaipur, Banaras and Lucknow. While the Jaipur gharana focuses more on the foot movements, the Banaras and Lucknow gharanas focus more on facial expressions and graceful hand movements.

Anga Kala Kathak Academy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Angakalakathakacademy/
Official page: https://www.antaradatta.com/

Seattle Center: http://www.seattlecenter.com

Vedic Cultural Center (ISKCON) – Sammamish: https://www.vedicculturalcenter.org/

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