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Learn Kathak with Pali Chandra, English 021 & Hindi 019, Chali akeli naar..

Presented here is a Kathak performance by Guru Pali Chandra on Abhisarika Nayika in the composition Chali akeli naar… Abhisarika Nayika means one who proceeds to meet her lover. The composition Chali akeli naar… describes the myriad emotions of a woman determined to meet her beloved.

In Natyasastra, the ancient treatise on classical dances, Sage Bharata pointed out that there are ten stages of love and are depicted by a dancer while portraying the nayika or heroine in a composition or story. Abhisarika Nayika is one of the principal eight nayikas enumerated by Sage Bharata in Natayasastra for Indian classical dance.

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