Origins of Kathak
Kathak is one of the six classical Indian dance forms, along with the famous Odissi (West Bengal), Manipuri (Manipur), Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Kuchipudi (Telangana/Andhra Pradesh) and Kathakali (Kerala).
Kathak originated in North India, more specifically in Uttar Pradesh. It is known for its sparkling footwork, fast whirling movements and mimetic dance.
The word Kathak is derived from the name 'Kathakars' meaning "story tellers". The dancers told stories from famous Indian epics such as the Ramayana, Mahabharata. These dancers were taught by temple priests who were well versed in dance and music. This style is called 'Hindu' dance.