Melbourne witnesses Kathak Rang through the ages


Melbourne: The Manmohini Indian Dance School presents its third annual concert “Kathak Rang”, giving a colourful insight into the journey of Kathak dance style form through the ages – from the ancient times to modern era.

The event held on September 17 was dedicated to the tradition of Indian classical Kathak dance style. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha meaning “story”, and kathaka in Sanskrit means “he who tells a story”. Wandering Kathakas communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music in a manner similar to early Greek theatre.

dsc_5882-editWith a full audience, Kathak Rang was one of the biggest concerts and a delightful showcase featuring 50 trained Kathak dancers from the school, very colourful display of lights, different genres of music which enhanced the efforts of ancient to contemporary times and an array of spectacular costumes and jewellery detailing the specific phase of time which was complete with enchanting sound of bells.

Founder of Manmohini Indian Dance School, Mohini, gracefully unfolded the origin, history and evolution of Kathak style through 13 different choreographies such as – Five Elements, Vedic Tradition, Temple Dancing, Folk element of Holi, King Court Dancing and British Raj. The highlight was the British Raj presented by shadow dancing.

This program also included stage dancing, Kathak-Bharatnatyam bonding, Meditation Kathak, Western Symphony Orchestra and Kathak, Contemporary Trio Kathak and Sufi Kathak. Kathak Rang, in true sense brought to life the soul of Kathak Dance Style from India. (TIW)