Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Dance

Kathak-Technique

INTRODUCTION TECHNIQUE REPERTOIRE ABHINAYA MOVEMENTS DANCERS

TechniqueKathak is two-dimensional in character. In the dance, there is only a front-back treatment of space. Even when pirouettes are executed, it is long a central vertical median from which no shifts or deflections take place. The human form is conceived of as a straight line and there are very few deviations from the vertical median or the Brahmasutra. The weight of the body in the initial stances of the dance is equally and the knees are not flexed. The feet, in this position, are invariably in the sama pada, the first sequence are also executed  in the sama pada position. The complex foot -work can be executed precisely only through a delicate balance of weight on the flat foot. When the Kathak dancer moves in front, she does not place the anchita foot forward (hell on the ground) or the kunchita foot (toe on the ground) she places the flat foot forward lightly, carrying the weight of the body along rather than shifting the weight tersely.

The Kathak dancer's alphabet and vocabulary of dance movements are not built on the principle of either foot contacts or leg extensions or knee flexions. Nor are the cadences built on the principle of weaving patterns in circles, semi-circles or figures of 8 of the entire body. The cadences are directly conditioned by the metrical cycles (talas) on which rhythmic variations can be executed. Tattakara in Kathak is the ability of the dancer to execute a variety of rhythmic patterns (jatis) on a basic metrical cycle (tala)