Ananya’s Senior Project
KATHAK: FACTORS THAT LEAD TO DANCING IN THODAS
- Radhika Kotwal, Owner & Teacher
- Rachna Mathur, Teacher
- Kalaa Kendra Kathak Institute
The purpose of Ananya’s research was to explore the different variables that influence people to join and continue the tradition of the Indian classical dance form Kathak. Kathak is a classical dance form that uses footwork and fluid hand motions to tell the audience a story from Hindu folklore. Ananya researched why people are interested in Kathak and why they chose to continue it, if at all. She surveyed members of the Kathak schools in the community. The goal of her project was to understand the different factors that play into people’s decision to practice dance, but most specifically Kathak.