Both innritta(pure dance) and theabhinaya(mime) there is immense scope for improvisation of presenting variations on a theme.
Being the only classical dance of India having links with Muslim culture, it represents a unique synthesis of Hindu and Muslim genius in art.
Further, Kathak is the only form of classical dance wedded to Hindustani or the North Indian music.
3.KUCHIPUDI- ANDHRA PRADESH
'At times, even though the dramatic situation did not demand, solo dancing was being presented to punctuate the presentation and to enhance the appeal. One such number istarangaminspired by theKrishna-leela taranginiof Teerthanarayana Yogi.
To show the dexterity of the dancers in footwork and their control and balance over their bodies, techniques like dancing on the rim of a brass plate and with a pitcher full of water on the head was introduced.
Acrobatic dancing became part of the repertoire.
there are now two forms of Kuchipudi; the traditional musical dance-drama and the solo dance.
A recital of Kuchipudi begins with an invocatory number, as is done in some other classical dance styles. Earlier the invocation was limited toGanesha Vandana. Now other gods are also invoked.
It is followed bynritta, that is, non-narrative and abstract dancing. A Kuchipudi recital is usually concluded with tarangam.
music that accompanies the dance is according to the classical school of Carnatic music and is delightfully syncopatic.