By Dr Margaret E Walker
Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and staggering spins with sophisticated pantomime and delicate gestures. As an international perform and one in all India's cultural markers, kathak dance is frequently offered as inheritor to an historical Hindu devotional culture within which males referred to as Kathakas danced and informed tales in temples. The dance's repertoire and circulate vocabulary, despite the fact that, inform a unique tale of syncretic origins and hybrid background - it's a dance that's either Muslim and Hindu, either devotional and wonderful, and either female and male. Kathak's a number of roots are available in rural theatre, embodied rhythmic repertoire, and courtesan functionality perform, and its heritage is inextricable from the background of empire, colonialism, and independence in India.
Through an research either extensive and deep of basic and secondary assets, ethnography, iconography and present functionality perform, Margaret Walker undertakes a serious method of the historical past of kathak dance and provides new facts approximately hereditary appearing artists, gendered contexts and practices, and postcolonial cultural reclamation. The account that emerges locations kathak and the Kathaks firmly into the residing context of North Indian appearing arts.
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India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective (SOAS Musicology Series) by Dr Margaret E Walker