Sunday 6 September 2020

Kathak and Dhrupad: Hand in hand - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

Both Kathak dance and Dhrupad music are steeped in hoary history of this subcontinent.

Kathak having been danced in the Mughal courts is well documented, with the Agra Fort (and perhaps Delhi's Purana Qila) having resonated to the ghungrus of the petite dancers. While Emperor Akbar was known to have been privy to this dance, Jehangir was reputed to have conceived the costume of Kathak as is known today. On the other side, Srimad Bhagavat mentions Dhruvapad and Krishnapad in synonymous terms, sung devoutly in Vrindavan from the 15th century onwards. While Akbar had Govind temple built in his time, Shri Chaitanya sent Jeev Goswamy and Roop Goswamy all the way from Bengal to restore the Vaishnava temples in Vrindavan. These ace disciples of Mahaprabhu were instrumental in building the Radharaman temple in the 16th century, still redolent with Ras Leela in Kathak form alongside Bhagavat music.

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  1. बहुत सुंदर पार्वती जी। साधुवाद। मानसिंह तोमर ने ध्रुवपद को पुनरूज्जीवित किया और परवर्ती काल में स्पष्ट रूप से गेय और नृत्य सहकारी ध्रुपद की धारा बह निकली। आचार्य भवभट्ट ने अनूप संगीत रत्नाकर में इसका विस्तृत उल्लेख किया है। आप सही सोच के साथ काम कर रही हैं। सिर्फ एक बात, कथाकारों की परम्परा से कथक नृत्य का संबंध कभी नहीं रहा। यह भ्रम मात्र नामसाम्य के कारण फैला है।