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Kathak is an Indian classical dance, originated from Northern India. Kathak means he or she who tells a story. In Kathak, costume for women is a combination of Lehenga and Choli with a veil. It’s a combination of Lehenga because of the loose ankle length skirt so that during spins, the skirt flares out naturally and Choli part is where tight fitting of blouse with long sleeves. For men it is the traditional costume to be bare-chested and below the waist is a dhoti which is wrapped in a Bengali style. Kathak is a way of telling stories of ancient India which would bring to life of the great scriptures such as in Mahabarata and Ramayana. Compositions used in Kathak are Ghazals (Urudu poem), Thumris (a genre of semi classical Indian music) and Taranas (a type of Hindustani classical vocal music). It is also accompanied by tabla, and pakhawaj.

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Kathak Queen Sitara Devi Dies

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MUMBAI:  Legendary Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi, who has been described as the "Empress of dance" and was a pioneering force in bringing this classical dance genre to Bollywood, died in Mumbai today after a prolonged illness.

Sitara, 94, died in Jaslok hospital, hospital sources said.

Born in 1920 in the then Calcutta, Sitara drew from the themes, poetry and choreography collected by her father in her choreographies. She also got inspired from the environment around her- be it a town or a village.

Birmingham Kathak dancer Vidya Patel wins BBC Young Dancer 2015 South Asian Final

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DanceXchange and Sampad South Asian Arts were delighted to see 19 year old Kathak dancer Vidya Patel, one of their Centre for Advanced Dance Training graduates, win a place in the Grand Final of the first ever BBC Young Dancer competition after winning the South Asian Final shown on BBC4 on Friday 1 May.  

Cultural Evening Evokes 19th Century Lucknow to Promote Cancer Awareness

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NEW DELHI:  The celebrated court of Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Awadh, came alive to 'kathak' moves and dulcet tunes of 'thumri' as the audience at a show for promoting cancer awareness were transported back to an evening of enchantment in 19th century Lucknow.

Kathak is the only dance form that celebrates full potential of life: Shovana Narayan

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Shovana Narayan is one of the best Kathak danseuses not just in India but in the world. Awarded with Padma Shri, she has mesmerised audiences all over the world by her art and grace. Apart from being a talented dancer, she has also served in the Indian Audits and Accounts Services. Manisha Singh of Zee Media Corp caught up with the multi-faceted personality to get a glimpse of her amazing and interesting journey. 
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