Kathak has an important place in the classical dance styles of India. From north to south and east to west – this dance form is omnipresent, popularised, and well-known. Kathak is also one of the first Indian classical dance forms that have developed extensively by adapting all aspects of the social, cultural, and traditional conditions of every era in its art.
Another synonym of Kathak is found in Sanskrit shlokas known as “Kushilav”. According to our mythological stories, Luv and Kush sang the Ramayana composed by Maharishi Valmiki in the court of Lord Ram, which influenced the public. It also helped them establish themselves. Their way of performing these musical stories was adopted by the masses as means of livelihood and that’s how they adopted the identity of the Kushilavas. Through this adoption and propagation, Valmiki Ji is identified as the first “Kathak” (verb).