From which country has Kathak originated?
Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical Dance. It originated in India and can be traced back to the nomadic bards of ancient Northern India who were known as Kathakars or storytellers.
Kathak is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Katha’ which means story and the dancer is known as Kathakar meaning a storyteller. It all started with Kathakars narrating stories from ancient scriptures at village squares or temple courtyards with expressive hand movements and facial expressions. With time these stories told by musical dances came to be known as Kathkalakshepam and Harikatha in Southern India and came to be known as Kathak in the North.