Chakkar is a common term used in Kathak, which refers to the fast spins that are an integral part of the dance form. Chakkars are performed by rotating the body around its central axis, with the arms and legs often in intricate positions.
There are several types of chakkars in Kathak, including:
Single Step chakkar: This involves completing one full spin while keeping the body in a straight line.
Two-Step chakkar: This involves completing a spin in two steps, where the performer returns to their original position after completing the spin.Ta Thai “ता थई“.
Triple step chakkar: This involves completing a spin in 3 steps, the term commonly used in this chakkar is tat tat thai “तत तत थई“.
Four step chakkar: This involves completing a spin in 4 steps, the term commonly used in this chakkar is ta thai thai tat aa thai thai tat “ता थई थई तत / आ थई थई तत”.
Five steps chakkar: This involves completing a spin in 5 steps, the term commonly used in this chakkar is tigda dig dig thai ” तिगदा दिग दिग थई“
Chakkars require a lot of practice and control, as the performer needs to maintain balance and rhythm while spinning rapidly. In Kathak, chakkars are often used to showcase the performer’s technique, footwork, and control, and are usually accompanied by the music and the percussion instruments like tabla, pakhawaj or dholak. It’s important to learn chakkars from a qualified Kathak dance teacher who can guide you in proper technique and form.
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