One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A type of northern Indian classical dance, with alternating passages of mime and dancing.
- ‘The dance and music blended the elements of the Spanish dance Flamenco and Kathak.’
- ‘Thus the fusion experiment of classical Indian Kathak and passionate Spanish Flamenco turns out to be a very refreshing experiment.’
- ‘There is some dazzling footwork throughout most Kathak dances, but in this piece, it was mind blowing.’
- ‘Lakshmi Kannan is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Kathak and a dance critic.’
- ‘Chennai based Lakshmi Kannan is a Bharatanatyam and Kathak exponent and a dance critic.’
2A member of a northern Indian caste of storytellers and musicians.
- ‘During ancient times, groups of Kathaks allegedly roved around the country recounting the epics and myths through poetry, music and dance.’
- ‘The Kathaks were mainly men who narrated the scriptures using music and mime.’
- ‘A centre for the training of Kathaks was opened at Cooch Behar.’
- ‘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.’
From Sanskrit kathaka ‘professional storyteller’, from kathā ‘story’.
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