dance form of Kathak traces its origins to the nomadic
bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks
or story tellers. These bards, performing in village
squares and temple courtyards, mostly specialized
in recounting mythological and moral tales from the
scriptures and embellished their recitals with hand
gestures and facial expressions. It was quintessential
theatre, using instrumental and vocal music alongwith
stylized gestures to enliven the stories. It was the
urge to acquire mastery over rhythm and stylized mime
that led Malti Shyam to devote herself to the technique
of Kathak under the rigorous tutelage of Shrimati
Reba Vidyarthi. She honed her understanding of tradition
under the guidance of the great master Pandit Birju
Maharaj, whom she credits with her growth and formation
as a dancer. She belongs to the Lucknow Gharana which
defines a style with lyrical grace and technical precision.
The first in the presentation is the contemplative
depth of Dhrupad , followed by the imaginative Khayal.
Thereafter the mellifluous and sensuous Thumri sung
in a playful tempo strung together with the tunes
of Dadra, Tarana and Sargam which coalesce with Kathak
and are capable of evoking Rasas.