|THE COLOSSEUM||Neelotpal Deka|prelude
The paintings which were commissioned in the Mughal courts were principally the Akbarnama and Tarrikh-e-Khandan-e-Timuria, etc. These small or large sized miniatures were the visual accounts of the daily and annual events in the palaces. Naturally, there was rejoicing and festivity on the occasion of the birth of a prince. Music and dance were normal. In the paintings, we see musicians playing on drums called the Nakaras or a number of trumpets (Tuti). Also, there were male dancers in contrast to the many female dancers in the Jain schools. In the paintings of the Akbarnama and the Tarrikh-e-Khandan-e-Timuria, alongwith the paintings of a slightly earlier period, namely the Tutinama, two distinct schools of dance were in evidence. One seems to draw its inspiration from Iran or at least from the paintings relating to the dance in Persian miniatures. There were men and women in long flowing robes, high conical caps in standing positions which were diminished and their movements were reminiscent of their then Iranian counterparts. Quite often in a single painting, there were two different groups of dancers. Records tell us that, as part of the loot, 350 dancers were brought to Akbar’s court. Undoubtedly, some of these must have represented ancient traditions. In course of time, they were rehabilitated and, perhaps, it was this amalgam of the Persian and the Indian, brought together in a court milieu, which was responsible for the nascent beginning of a style of dance which we recognize today as “Kathak”.
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