Bringing Stories to Life: Connection of Kathak with Literature & Poetry.

Kathak and its connection to literature, poetry, and storytelling, and how it brings the stories to life through dance. Kathak, a classical Indian dance form originating in northern India, has a strong relationship with literature, poetry, and storytelling. Historically, the performances were carried out by “Kathakars”, courtesan dancers who used dance as a means to …

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Preserving India’s Cultural Heritage: Indian Classical Dance in Schools

Indian classical dances and music are an integral part of India’s rich cultural heritage. These traditional art forms have been passed down from generation to generation and have been an essential aspect of Indian society for centuries. The importance of preserving these cultural traditions cannot be overstated, as they help to promote national unity and …

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Yatho Hastas tatho Drishti Yatho drishti stato manaha

This is the first Shloka of Natya Shastra taught to Indian Classical Dancers that means – “Yato hasta stato drishti”…”Where the hand gestures are, the eyes follow” “Yato drishti stato manaha”…”Where the eyes go, the mind follows” “Yato manaha stato bhava”…”Where the mind is, there is the feeling evolves” “Yato bhava stato rasa”…”Where the feeling …

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Performing Art Text: Abhinaya Darpan & Natyashastra

Abhinaya Darpan & Natyashastra are the two oldest Performing Art texts or treatises on dance, music, and theatre of Indian History. The Natyashastra explains all the aspects of theater and dance whereas the Abhinaya Darpana concentrates on Abhinaya (acting) and expressions (Ras and Bhava) Abhinaya Darpan- Nandikeshwar wrote in 5 Century. Although the final penning …

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