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When the Mughals invaded India in 15th century, they lured the storytellers with exotic gifts to perform for the royals. Hence, to suit the needs of the royalty, the Kathakas changed their simple dance style into an intricate mime composed of emotion-filled pieces of the nritya and pure dance movements of the nritta. This created two distinct branches of the dance: one that had more of Persian influence and the other that was the rustic temple style. The court style dance focused more on technique with rhythmic and complex footwork, to please the eyes of the durbaris with less emphasis on the emotion, while the temple version was more soul rendering and emotional, conveying the mythological stories in a heartwarming way.
('Dance and Rhythm - Kathak, the Dance of the Storytellers',

Folk dances added a charming and local flavor to the nautch. It was up to the nautch girls to masterfully incorporate elements of all three styles of dance into their performances. The mor ka nach (dance of the peacock), patang nach (the kite dance) and the qahar ka nach (the bearer's dance) were considered essential items in every nautch girl's repertoire.
('The Nautch,' Ally Adnan, The Friday Times, Aug 1, 2014)

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