Definition of Kathak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌtək/


1 [mass noun] A type of northern Indian classical dance, with alternating passages of mime and dancing.
Example sentences
  • Lakshmi Kannan is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Kathak and a dance critic.
  • Thus the fusion experiment of classical Indian Kathak and passionate Spanish Flamenco turns out to be a very refreshing experiment.
  • Chennai based Lakshmi Kannan is a Bharatanatyam and Kathak exponent and a dance critic.
2 (plural same or Kathaks) A member of a northern Indian caste of storytellers and musicians.
Example sentences
  • In those days Kathaks were attached to temples, telling people stories from the epics and Puranas.
  • The ancient Kathaks were mainly men who narrated the scriptures using music and mime.
  • During ancient times, groups of Kathaks allegedly roved around the country recounting the epics and myths through poetry, music and dance.


From Sanskrit kathaka 'professional storyteller', from kathā 'story'.

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