Kathak is a north Indian classical dance form that can further be divided into three types, or "Gharanas," named after the places where the Kathak dance tradition originated: Jaipur, Banaras, and Lucknow. The Jaipur Gharana emphasises foot motions, whereas the Banaras and Lucknow gharanas emphasise beautiful facial expressions and hand movements.
A chakkar is a spinning circle or a turn or pirouette. It is an important part of the Kathak dance steps in the Jaipur Gharana, and trainees at Kathak classes start practising it at a young age to acquire the form, technique, and endurance needed to do exact chakkars.
A skilled artist can do over a hundred chakkars in a row, either in an arced circle or in a static position. This is accomplished by having the head initiate the spin and snap around while the rest of the body follows. When completing the circle, the dancer's arms also assist in increasing their momentum.
In Kathak dance, step chakkar is to take a turn about oneself on a central vertical axis. So Bhramari is another name for Chakkar. Chakkars are of different steps: one, two, three, etc.; the chakkars draw their names from the number of steps on which they are executed.
3-step chakkar: Tat Tat Thai
5-step chakkar: Tig Dha Dig Dig Thai
8-step chakkar: Tig Dha Dig Dig Tig Dha Dig Dig
Tatkar is a type of footwork. The rhythms and methods vary significantly, and the emphasis is on making a sound with both the feet and the ghungroos (bells). Tatkar, which showcases a dancer's technical talent, stamina, and artistry, is seen in almost all Kathak performances.
When starting, the feet are held in a samapada position; both hands are clasped at chest level, keeping the spine erect.
The tatkaar noises are created by stamping the feet on the ground. The dancer begins the tatkaar by stamping "ta" with the right foot, then "Thai" with the left foot, then alternatively stamping for "thai and tat." Then repeat from the left side on "Aa," then "thai" on the right foot, stamping alternately for "thai and tat."
An example of executing a 5-step chakkar is given below:
An example of executing the 8-step chakkar:
Kathak is a traditional dance genre that features many Chakkars in a performance. As a result, you will be given a lot of time and training as a trainee. Chakkars come in a variety of styles, each with its technique. It is critical to seek advice from a guru who can teach you everything you need to know.
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