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Kathak means 'to tell a story'. This north Indian dance form is inextraicably bound with classical Hindusthani muscs, and the rhythamic agility of thefeet accompanied by the table or pakhawaj.
Traditionally the stories were of Radha and Krisha, in Natwari style but the Moghul invasion of North India had a serious impact on the dance. The dance was taken Muslim courts and thus became more entertaining and less religious in content. More empjasis was laid on nritta, the pure dance aspect and less on abhinaya.

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