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The British raj

The grandeur of Kathak eclipsed during this period. Apparently the predominantly oriental dance vocabulary of Kathak was misinterpreted by the Western mindset and it became an eye-sore, both literally and metaphorically, for the colonial perception of classical dance. Kathak was demeaned, demoted and even denounced as a lowly dance performed solely for the sensory pleasure of the kings. However, thanks to the herculean efforts of a few tawaifs, among whom Gauhar Jaan was a leading light, Kathak somehow managed to survive British denunciation and remained alive, albeit in a fractured and fragmented form.

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