Kathak – The Dance of the Story Tellers explores the philosophical and practice aspects of Kathak dance – its origin, development and techniques.
Investigating this compelling dance style from cultural and historical perspectives, the book delves into the essential principles of Kathak, its schools and major artistes, the format of Kathak performances, repertoire, Kathak music, predominant trends in training, and the system of practice through the lens of theory and application. A rare resource, the book is a comprehensive read for students, dancers, teachers, and dance lovers.
Performer, choreographer, author and educator Rachna Ramya has studied Kathak under Dr Maya Rao and the Jaipur style of Kathak under Pt Rajendra Gangani, both recipients of Sangeet Natak Academy Award, India. She is also trained at the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography in New Delhi, India. Currently, she is teaching a course in dance at Trinity Collage in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She is als the artistic director of Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance.