Kathak, from north India, is an urban sophisticated style full of virtuosity and intricate craftsmanship

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Kathak commonly identified with the court traditions of the later Nawabs of Northern India, it is really an amalgam of several folk traditions, the traditional dance- drama, forms prevalent in the temples of Mathura and Brindavan known as the Krishna and Radha leelas

Changing tempos and metrical patterns constitute the beauty and dexterity of the style.

Kathak commonly identified with the court traditions of the later Nawabs of Northern India, it is really an amalgam of several folk traditions, the traditional dance- drama, forms prevalent in the temples of Mathura and Brindavan known as the Krishna and Radha leelas , and the sophistication of the court tradition. Its origins are old, its present format new, attributed to the genius of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and the hereditary musician dancer, Pandit Thakur Prasadji. The contemporary repertoire was evolved by a few families of traditional dancers; during the last hundred years. Kathak is two dimensional, always following a vertical line, with no breaks and deflecting the foot work is the most important part of the dancers, training, where she or he is taught innumerable rhythmic patterns with varying emphasis so that the 100 odd ankle bells can produce a fantastic range of sound and rhythm. Straight walks, gliding movements, fast pirouettes, changing tempos and metrical patterns constitute the beauty and dexterity of the style.

The pure dance sections (nritta) are followed by short interpretive pieces performed to a repetitive melodic line. The mime (abhinaya) is performed to lyrics of Hindi and Brajbhasa well known to villagers and towns people alike.

Noted artists-
Ragini Devi Shanta Rao, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Rita Ganguly,Krishna Nair, Gopinathan.

The dance of Kuchipudi

A dance drama of Andhra Pradesh (originated from Kuchipudi Village of A.P.). It combine laya and tandana elements, folk and classical shades and strictly follows prescribed costumes and ornaments. Manduka shabdam (story of frog maidun). Balagopala Tarangam (dancing with the feet on the edges of a brass plate) and Tala -Chitra – nritya (in which dancers draw picture on the floor with their dancing toes are other remarkable features of this magnificent dance form.

Main artists
Jamini krishnamurthi, Swapna sundari, Shobha Naidu, Raja and Radha reddy.

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