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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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About This Book
  • 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

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