Compositions of Kathak

Compositions can be sub-divided:

Vandana the dancer begins with an invocation to the gods.

Thaat (the first composition of a traditional performance; the dancer performs short plays with the time-cycle, finishing on sam in a statuesque standing (thaat) pose);

Aamad (from the Persian word meaning ‘entry’; the first introduction of spoken rhythmic pattern or bol in to the performance);


Salaami (related to Ar. ‘salaam’ – a salutation to the audience in the Muslim style);

Gat (from the word for ‘gait, walk’ showing abstract visually beautiful gaits or scenes from daily life)

Kavit (a poem set on a time-cycle; the dancer will perform movements that echo the meaning of the poem) Paran (a composition using bols from the pakhawaj instead of only dance or tabla bols)

Parmelu (a composition using bols reminiscent of sounds from nature, such as kukuthere, jhijhikita etc.)

Tihai (usually a footwork composition consisting of a long set of bols repeated thrice so that the very last bol ends dramatically on ‘sam’)

Ladi (a footwork composition consisting of variations on a theme, and ending in a tihai)


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