"Kathak is the classical dance style of North India. The word "Kathak" is derived from the Sanskrit root word "Katha" meaning story. A caste of storytellers, the "Kathakas" danced and sang and narrated stories to their spectators while imparting a cultural heritage and current events in the form of art. Kathak developed through various Indian social, religious and political history, reflecting their diverse impact.

It evolved from Vaishnav philosophy and Radha-Krishna tales to become a powerful entertainment for the Moghul courts. Kathak today is one of the best ” classical arts of India”  and has inspired a number of artists.”


हनुमान् [Hanuman]; fetching the herb-bearing mountain, Ravi Varma Press, India, 1909.

Hanuman, Lord Rama’s faithful servant (Lord Sri Krishna) lifting the Govardhana Hill, [Bhāgavata Purāṇa]; nd.

Krishna (कृष्ण); lifting Mount Govardhana [गोवर्धन]; Bhāgavata Purāṇa, Jaipur, c. 1840.

Krishna Protecting Brij by Lifting Mount Govardhana, Bhāgavata Purāṇa (भागवतपुराण), nd.

Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan, Bhāgavata Purāṇa, c. 1800.

Krishna raising Mount Govardhan, Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Śrīmadbhāgavatapurāṇa/Bhagavat Purana), ca. 1640.

Ustad Sahibdin, Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan, ca. 1690.

Govardhana Pūjā.

Hindu Muslim Unity: Muslims construct Shiva temple

BIHAR: Muslims have been quietly helping Hindus construct a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, ahead of the Chhath festival. “Muslims are not only donating money for temple construction, they are also actively involved in ensuring that it should come up soon,” said Rajkishore Raut, president of the Shiva Temple Construction Committee.

As Charminar and the Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting the 400-year-old monument get so much attention, these instances of collaboration between the two communities in temple construction cannot be ignored.