Folk Dance Vs Kathak Dance

Folk Dance Kathak Dance
1. In folk dances, regional dresses are used. 1. In Kathak, the dress used is according to ‘Gharanas’.
2. In folk dances, simpler beats are used. 2. In Kathak dance, complex beats and rhythm are used.
3. These are based on folk lores. 3. Kathak is often performed on literary poems.
4. In folk dance, any particular Rasa (emotion) is prominent. 4. In Kathak, all the Navarasas (9 emotions) can be exhibited in a single performance.
5. Folk dances represent the diverse culture of the vast India. 5. Kathak dance mainly depict civilization of Moghul times. Though the dancers of Jaipur Gharana were mostly engaged in the courts of the Hindu Kings. Because of this, many old traditions of Kathak dance are still safe with this Gharana.
6. In folk dances, only songs are used but there is no Padhant (calling of beats). 6. In Kathak dance, along with song, Padhant (calling of beats) has important place.
7. Beats (Tal) and rhythm (Laya) are important in folk dance. 7. Apart from beats and rhythm, the work of bells (Ghungroos) has speciaj importance.
8. Folk dances are performed in a group. 8. Kathak is usually performed Solo.
9. Folk dances are performed on the ground and do not require stage. 9. Kathak requires a special stage for performance.
10. Folk dances involve traditional body movements and foot work. 10. Kathak involves classical foot work, body movement expressions (Mudras), Chakkar to create special effect and beauty.
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