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  • Kathak — The Tradition

Kathak — The Tradition

Fusion and Diffusion below

About This Book

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: : Hb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604731
  • Edition : 1st
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xx,268
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Series Number : 9
  • Weight (approx.) : 800
  • Bibliographic Details : 31 b/w photographs; 45 Coloured photographs; Bibliography; Index
The series includes, among other themes, *History/Tradition of Indian Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theatre & Puppetry *Classical Music: Hindustani & Karnatic *Ragas, Raginis, Talas *Musical Compositions & Forms *Musical Instruments *Forms & Functions of Traditional Music *Idiom of Classical Music *Musicology *Music Literature *Voice Culture *Folk Songs/Music *Classical Dance Forms: Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi and Others *Dance Symbols *Dance Dialects & Idioms *Folk Dances *Dance & Music in Temple Rituals/Architecture *Classical Dance: Theoretical & Normative Aspects *History of Classical Drama *Natyasastra (Dramaturgy) *Traditional Stage & Craft *Actors & Audiences.
List of Illustrations
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
Cakkara and Mandala
Ghata (Pitcher)
Pushpaputa hasta
Katyavalambita or Katisamsthita hasta
Dandahasta (Gajahasta)
Grace and Ada of the Kathaka dancers
5. Kathaka -- An Indigenous Indian Dance: A Reconstruction of the History Through the Ages

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