Natya Kramaha: Shloka and Meaning in Kathak for Beginners

Natya Kramaha: Shloka and Meaning in Kathak for Beginners

Guru Pali Chandra gives us the text and the meaning of the Natya Kramaha Shloka. The shloka is

“Yatho Hasta thatho Drishti,
Yatho Drishti thatho Manah
Yatho Manah thatho Bhaava,
Yatho Bhaava thatho Rasa”

These are basic tenets that are essential to every Kathak dancer derived from ancient texts and passed down from one generation to another. Every beginner should aspire to live by these teachings.