Classical Indian Music and Dance

Kathak is a Classical Indian dance style originating and performed in the North of India in the Hindu temples, with storytellers travelling the countryside telling stories about the Indian Gods.

With the Mogul invasion of India three generations of Emperors brought the dance style into the Emperor’s courts.

Kathak is a mix of the Hindu and Muslim religions, and Mogul invasion also brought influences on the music and instruments used, as well as costume and poetry about beauty, love and nature. Mian Tansen was particularly influential.

Mian Tansen was a prominent Indian classical music composer, musician and vocalist, known for a large number of compositions, and also an instrumentalist who popularised and improved the plucked rabab (of Central Asian origin).