Kathak is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It has its own
distinct style and elegance. The Evolution of Kathak is closely linked to
the evolution of India itself right from the vedic period till date. Kathak
has not only gone through hundreds of innovations but also survived
during the foreign invasions of our country. Its present form is
completely different from what it was when it started. It kept living,
going through ups and downs, facing challenges, criticism and
appreciation but still lived on. This implies how strong an Indian art
form can be that instead of all the interference it is still one of the
favourite dance forms that has not only gained national encouragement
but also international platform to portray its individuality.
The origin of Kathak is traced back to Bharata’s Natyashastra which is
an amalgamation of the four vedas- Rig, Atharvana, Yajur and Sam.
During the early ages, Kathak was a medium of worshiping God in the
temple courtyards. Praises of Gods and Goddesses were told as stories
or Katha by the Kathavachakas… Therefore, the saying katha kahe so kathak.