Definition of Kathak in English:

Kathak

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘There is some dazzling footwork throughout most Kathak dances, but in this piece, it was mind blowing.’
    • ‘Thus the fusion experiment of classical Indian Kathak and passionate Spanish Flamenco turns out to be a very refreshing experiment.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘The Kathaks were mainly men who narrated the scriptures using music and mime.’
    • ‘The ancient 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.’
    • ‘During ancient times, groups of Kathaks allegedly roved around the country recounting the epics and myths through poetry, music and dance.’

Origin

From Sanskrit kathaka ‘professional storyteller’, from kathā ‘story’.

Pronunciation

Kathak

/ˈkʌtək/