By Dr Margaret E Walker
Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and fantastic spins with refined pantomime and tender gestures. As an international perform and one in every of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is frequently awarded as inheritor to an historical Hindu devotional culture within which males referred to as Kathakas danced and instructed tales in temples. The dance's repertoire and stream vocabulary, even though, inform a distinct tale of syncretic origins and hybrid historical past - it's a dance that's either Muslim and Hindu, either devotional and exciting, and either female and male. Kathak's a number of roots are available in rural theatre, embodied rhythmic repertoire, and courtesan functionality perform, and its historical past is inextricable from the background of empire, colonialism, and independence in India.
Through an research either vast and deep of fundamental and secondary resources, ethnography, iconography and present functionality perform, Margaret Walker undertakes a serious method of the background of kathak dance and offers new info approximately hereditary appearing artists, gendered contexts and practices, and postcolonial cultural reclamation. The account that emerges areas kathak and the Kathaks firmly into the dwelling context of North Indian acting arts.
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India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective (SOAS Musicology Series) by Dr Margaret E Walker