Thursday 27 April 2023

Book Review - A useful book on Kathak - Vijay Shanker


I would like to draw your attention to the brilliant book on Kathak written by accomplished Kathak exponent from Assam, Marami Medhi and tabla maestro Debasish Talukdar, also from Assam. Titled 'Kathak Volume 1 - A Theoretical and Practical Guide,' this book is a useful guide to students of Prathama and Madhyama of Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapith, Praveshika, first year and second year of Prayag Sangeet Samiti along with 9th and 10th examination.

Published by Anshika Publication from Lucknow, the book price is only Rs.499 with an extensive coverage of the varied aspects of Kathak in 29 chapters, running into 180 pages with beautiful pictures as well. The varied chapters concern the syllabus of Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapith and Prayag Sangeet Samiti, different types of fine arts, Natyopatti and Nrityopatti Katha, Natan Bheda, eight types of classical dances, Gharanas of Kathak, the usage of various parts of the body and the varied looks, single and double hand gestures, merits and demerits of a Kathak (it should be qualities necessary for a dancer),varied Kathak terms or definitions, significance of ghungroo (dancing bells), different types of taals (rhythm), laya and laykari, different types of musical instruments and the importance of tabla, Sangeet Gayaki, different types of music, taal paddhati as founded by Pt VN Bhatkhande and Pt VD Paluskar, profiles of great mentors and exponents of Kathak, the national awards and the repertoire of a Kathak performance and much more.

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