Definition of Kathak in English:

Kathak

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A type of northern Indian classical dance, with alternating passages of mime and dancing.

    • ‘Chennai based Lakshmi Kannan is a Bharatanatyam and Kathak exponent and a dance critic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus the fusion experiment of classical Indian Kathak and passionate Spanish Flamenco turns out to be a very refreshing experiment.’
    • ‘The dance and music blended the elements of the Spanish dance Flamenco and Kathak.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘In those days Kathaks were attached to temples, telling people stories from the epics and Puranas.’
    • ‘A centre for the training of Kathaks was opened at Cooch Behar.’
    • ‘The ancient Kathaks were mainly men who narrated the scriptures using music and mime.’

Origin

From Sanskrit kathaka professional storyteller, from kathā story.

Pronunciation:

Kathak

/ˈkʌtək/