Symphony Celestial: Kathak (2003)

Pali Chandra, Invis Multimedia

Source: indiavideo’s YouTube account.

This is part of a series of reviews for research into the dance of Bollywood films.

Depending on where you live, it is highly likely that it is impossible for you to learn about Indian classical dance first-hand. This and the video on Bharatanatyam should help you enormously, whether you want to learn the dances yourself or to have more information on what types of choreography have influenced Bollywood over the years.

Kathak dancing is one of the most well-known of the Indian classical dance genres. The dancer here is expressive and skilled. The narration interprets the movements of the dance as they are happening. Some of the dances move quite slowly, which is an adjustment from the faster Bollywood dances.

Rating (5 Tuffys)

Library Collection: Apparently the only way it is available as of today is in this set (I have only seen the Kathak video). Considering the number of dances you get and the quality of the narration, though, it’s almost a steal! As with the other videos, it is appropriate for a large patron base that is research-oriented or for a public library community that is seeking to engage many ethnicities while educating others about them as well.

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