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Banaras gharana: The school was developed by Pandit Jankiprasad. Its distinct feature is its extensive and expert utilisation of dance bols, which in this case differ from the usual table or pakhwaj bols. Also, Kathak hallmarks like chakkars are used minimally in Banaras Kathak, but whenever they are performed, it is with perfect execution from both left and right side. The stage floor is also used innovatively by the dancer; she dances non-linearly across the length and breadth of the stage, thus giving an impression that she is ‘all over the stage’ while performing.

The lineage of Banaras gurus is:

Chunnilal

Dulharam

Ganeshilal

Biharilal

Hiralal

Puranlal

Hanuman Prasad

Shivlal

Gopalji

Nawal Kishore

Bansidhar

Omkar Prasad

Sukhdev Maharaj

Durga Prasad

Kundanlal

Sitara Devi

 
  
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