Kathak for Beginners

By Avinav Mukharji

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In kathak, the term “Hasta Mudra” is used. The Natya Shastra describes Sanyukta mudras (use of both hands) and asanyukta mudras (use of one hand) . These mudras are combined in different ways, like one hand, two hands along with arm movements, body and facial expressions to depict objects, characters and stories.

Samyukta Mudras – 24 variations
Asamyukta Mudras – 28 variations

Various movements excercises that would later be incorporated in dance repertoires.
A. Urdh Hasta ( upward direction movements)
B. Madhya Hasta ( centre direction movements)
C. Tala Hasta ( downward direction movements)

One of the most essential aspect of Kathak is it’s chakkars or spins. There are various types of them used in all three gharanas of Kathak Lucknow, Jaipur and Benaras Gharanas.
5 steps Chakkars (Tig Dha dig dig thei)
3 steps Chakkars (Tat Tat thei)
1 step chakkar using left foot heel

Tatkar is one of the most important and overtly used footwork.
Ta thei thei tat
Aa thei thei tat

Teen Taal is the king of all taals, and is the most common Taal of both Indian classical dance and music. Most of the repertoire in Kathak is performed on teental hence making it highly significant and valuable.

An overview of how to continue practicing after the course.