Dancer and scholar Rachna Ramya, explores the story of Kathak, its origin, evolution and decline in Kathak: The Dance of Storytellers, published by Niyogi Books. Here is an excerpt of Kathak’s glory days and then, its sad decline during British Rule in India.
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