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Kathak: The Tradition

Fusion and Diffusion

The book traces the history of Kathaka from ancient to the medieval period: its origin and continuous evolution in a struggle for existence through a process involving fusion, diffusion and adaptation. It studies its etymological meaning in a painstaking effort which involves a discussion on the influence of Kathakya Acarya, Sage Katha and the generic similarities between Rasalila, Hallisaka, Carcari, Rasa, and present-day Kathaka. It shows that Kathaka has an ancient origin and is an indigenous Indian dance. It deals with the three distinct sections that form the present-day Kathaka. Surveying a host of religious and secular literature including the Natyashastra, the Abhinaya Darpana and the Sangita Ratnakara and referring to sculptural reliefs from temples and illustrations from manuscripts including the Akbar-Nama, it undertakes a detailed and illuminating study of gestures, postures, movements and stances of Kathaka.

An attempt to help readers gain a better insight into the Kathaka dance, the volume will interest practitioners and lovers of classical dance forms of India.

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The book traces the history of Kathaka from ancient to the medieval period: its origin and continuous evolution in a struggle for existence through a process involving fusion, diffusion and adaptation. It studies its etymological meaning in a painstaking effort which involves a discussion on the influence of Kathakya Acarya, Sage Katha and the generic similarities between Rasalila, Hallisaka, Carcari, Rasa, and present-day Kathaka. It shows that Kathaka has an ancient origin and is an indigenous Indian dance. It deals with the three distinct sections that form the present-day Kathaka. Surveying a host of religious and secular literature including the Natyashastra, the Abhinaya Darpana and the Sangita Ratnakara and referring to sculptural reliefs from temples and illustrations from manuscripts including the Akbar-Nama, it undertakes a detailed and illuminating study of gestures, postures, movements and stances of Kathaka.

An attempt to help readers gain a better insight into the Kathaka dance, the volume will interest practitioners and lovers of classical dance forms of India.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604731
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124604738
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xx, 268p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 800
  • Bibliographic Details : 31 b/w photographs; 45 Coloured photographs; Bibliography; Index

Preface 
Acknowledgement 
List of Illustrations

Introduction 

1. Kathaka Etymological Meaning, Origin and Development of the Word 

Does the Word Convey the Same Meaning in the Present State of Affairs? 

2. Katha (Narrative) and its Tradition: A Comprehensive Survey of Religious and Secular Literature 

3. Indian Narrative Art from the second Century bce to the Mediaeval Period

Black & White Plates 
Coloured Plates

4. Kathaka -- A Classical Dance: Its Gestures,Postures, Movements and Stances

Samabhanga, Samapada and Samadamsha/Hamsasya Arala
Ta, Thei, Tata 
The Varada Hasta 
Svastika 
Cakkara and Mandala 
Tram 
Ghata (Pitcher) 
Pushpaputa hasta 
Padhanta 
Katyavalambita or Katisamsthita hasta 
Dandahasta (Gajahasta) 
Grace and Ada of the Kathaka dancers 
Tritala 

5. Kathaka -- An Indigenous Indian Dance: A Reconstruction of the History Trough the Ages

Bibliography 
Index

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