Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. Its particularity is its grace and its evolution through the ages. Kathak, in Sanskrit, means storytelling. Kathak has been influenced mainly by Hindu and Muslim traditions. Dancers should have a great flexibility, smooth and sharp movements. All body parts are required. Techniques of footwork, hands movements and pirouettes are the main features of Kathak as much as facial expression. In other words, Kathak has two components: a pure dance technique (Nritta) and a narrative dance (Nritya).
Kathak makes the link bewteen history, therefore the past, the present and let’s the dancer the freedom to explore movements, rhythm and to create new choreography. Kathak is not only a dance, it’s a vision, a way of life. This dance helps you to balance your mind and your body.
Tamara Ott – Teacher
Kathak dancer for many years, I’ve discovered this art at the age of 10. It has been a love at first sight. Trained by Guru Pandit Ravi Shankar Mishra, a famous Kathak exponent, from Banaras Gharana. For 3 years, I had been training and performing with Nathalie Masson, a disciple of Sushmita Banerjee, a celebrated Kathak exponent (belonging to the Lucknow Gharana) and expending my Kathak’s repertoire. Together, we are Duo Dharkan. I’ve been also taught by Kavita Takhur, Pali Chandra, Sharmila Sharma, famous Kathak dancers from Lucknow Gharana. My purpose is to develop my knowledge and to find my own style and body expression through Kathak’s foundations.
I had the chance to live six months in Varanasi with my Guru where I improved my dance. I had the chance to familiarize myself to the culture and its traditions. Now, I’m travelling regularly to India to improve and develop my movements and knowledge.
Performing as a solo or with Dharkan Compagny, contact me for your events.