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We meet a famous Kathak dancer called Antarra Singh. We see her preparing to dance and she talks about the history of this classical Indian dance as well as explaining her costume. She tells us that Kathak is about storytelling through dance, then she tells us about her dress, her hair and her ankle bells. Then we go to the city palace where she explains the story of the dance she will perform. Finally, she does a beautiful dance in the heart of the city palace.
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First broadcast:
18 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

Watch the clip and discuss with the children the specific costumes and musical instruments used. Ask the children to think about how the bells attached to the leg will sound once the performer begins to dance. Ask children to identify the different parts of the story and think about how these are represented in the dance.