This week Ailsa’s theme: Dance. I was waiting for a theme like this, and got my wish.
Kathak is a well known classical dance form of north India. The word ‘Kathak’ is derived from Sanskrit word ‘katha’ which means ‘a story’ and ‘Kathaka’ means ‘one who tells a story’. There are three major schools or ‘gharanas’ of Kathak- the Jaipur Gharana, the Lukhnow Gharana and the Benaras Gharana.
My daughter has been learning Kathak (the Jaipur Gharana) since she was eight years old.
now more than ten years since she started, her course is near completion. One more year and she will get her final graduation degree in Kathak dance.
Recently she performed along with her fellow dancers for the regional branch of the national TV ‘Doordarshan’
and though this picture is a bit shaky, but it the typical Kathak movement, The Chakkars, or the Kathak pirouette.