Art speaks, it expresses, it shows, it brings our emotions through any form. Kathak is a dance through which the performers do story telling by their body movements. It was famous in the temples to tell stories through dance visuals, performing the epic tales of Hinduism. Our Rajasthani folk music group has Kathak dancers who depict the tales in the best form through their dance performance. The way they visualize the stories in their dance not only attracts the audience but gives a clear view of the epics in their mind. Dance forms like Kathak needs a skill of understanding the story, taking it in the soul, which is a knack of our Kathak Dance Group as they deliver extraordinary performance, living through their performance.
The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means "story", and Kathakar which means "the one who tells a story", or "to do with stories".It is a culture in itself, and dates back to the 3rd and the 4th centuries.A story is exhibited through the graceful, rhythmic and agile movements of the dancer.
Stylistically, the Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements, adorned with small bells (Ghungroo) and the movement harmonized to the music. The legs and torso are generally straight, and the story is told through a developed vocabulary based on the gestures of arms and upper body movement, facial expressions, neck movements, eyes and eyebrow movement , stage movements, bends and turns. The main focus of the dance becomes the eyes and the foot movements. The eyes work as a medium of communication of the story the dancer is trying to communicate. With the eyebrows the dancer gives various facial expressions.
Dhora Kathak Dance Group creates artistic works that emphasize on the technical, graceful and dramatic aspects of Kathak dance. With a repertoire ranging from the exploration of the rhythms of North India, the group continues to captivate audiences in every performance. Our performance is both reminiscent and powerful, bringing both the richness of ancient India and an elegance, contemporary sensibility.
Our Rajasthani folk music group has Kathak dancers whose performance takes the audience on a journey through emotions moved by rhythm and melody. We had experience performing on many events in the past. The way they visualize the stories in their dance not only attracts the audience but gives a clear view of the epics in their mind. An intimate performing ensemble of dancers and musicians will present a stunning program that pulls from history, folklore, and powerful deities through the beauty of kathak dance.