Mumbai - Kathak Queen Jayanti Mala (daughter of celebrated Kathak maestro Sitara Devi) inaugurates Kathakworld.com, a website dedicated to bring back the relevance and appeal of the dance to the younger new age audience through its experiential way of learning. This website would serve to be a one-stop destination for all those who are not only interested in learning the dance form, but also those who would like to know about its history, its social importance, and the potential to strengthen its footprint on a global scale.
In a world where social media, pop culture, and fusion hold immense sway over the imagination of the youth, various forms of traditional Bharatiya art and dance are rapidly fading into oblivion. Thus, with the aim to restore Kathak back to its former glory, Ms. Eeshta Bhatt, has started this website- Kathakworld.com. Apart from this, it’s also a tribute to Kathak maestro Sitara Devi on her 100th birth anniversary.
On the occasion, Ms. Jayanti Mala said, ‘I am extremely happy with this kind of an initiative. Through this website Kathakworld.com enthusiasts can learn about the dance form through engaging instructional videos online across the globe and reach out to wider set of audience.’
Ms. Eeshta Bhatt says, “With the passing away of multiple Kathak icons, we have seen a gradual decline of aficionados and critics who understood the art form in its purest sense. It pained me to see the lack of interest in more traditional dance forms amongst my friends. I was really moved by the struggles of my guru and could not be an indifferent silent spectator while the India’s rich slice of tradition was diminishing, slowly. Kathakworld.com will be instrumental in being a first step towards re-creating history.”
Compiling resources, books, existing content available, translating the old text into English, and through numerous conversations with her teacher Jayanti Mala, Ms. Bhatt started developing Kathakworld.com to overcome the gap in digital content available in English. Information about basic movements, positions, costumes, accessories etc. which is available online now, was not possible earlier. Kathakworld.com is a one stop solution to know all about Kathak.
- Ms. Eeshta Bhatt is an 18 year old student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School. She has been practicing Kathak for the last 13 years under Guru Jayanti Mala, daughter of celebrated and renowned Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi, and head of the Banaras Gharana of Kathak
- Kala Kriti Kendra is a dance institute set up by Sri. Sitara Devi, now run by her daughter, Jayanti Mala, and her husband