History of Kathak


According to Mary Snodgrass, the Kathak tradition of India is traceable to 400 BCE. The earliest surviving text with Kathak roots is the Natya shastra attributed to sage Bharata, and its first complete compilation is dated to between 200 BCE and 200 CE, but estimates vary between 500 BCE and 500 CE.

The most studied version of the Natya Shastra text consists of about 6000 verses structured into 36 chapters. The text, states Natalia Lidova, describes the theory of Tāṇḍava dance (Shiva), the theory of rasa, of bhāva, expression, gestures, acting techniques, basic steps, standing postures – all of which are part of Indian classical dances including Kathak.Dance and performance arts, states this ancient Hindu text, are a form of expression of spiritual ideas, virtues and the essence of scriptures.


Tintal (or teentaltrital; Hindi: तीन ताल) is one of the most famous taals of hindustani music. It is also the most common tal in north India. The structure of tintal is so symmetrical that it presents a very simple rhythmic structure against which a performance can be laid.

Jhaptal is a 10-beat pattern used in raga exposition. It has ten beats in four divisions (vibhag), of 2-3-2-3, the third of which is the khali, or open division

 Ektaal is a tala in Indian music. It is commonly used in classical music like kheyal, and semi-classical forms like  Rabindra Sangeet. In ektal the 12 matras are divided into 6 vibhags of two matras each
There are many more taals that i am still learning and am going to learn in future.This was just a brief info. about kathak.......