The significant supporters of Kathak were the Mughal rulers, their aristocrats, the courts of Rajasthan and Lucknow and the last Nawab of Awadh - Wajid Ali Shah.
Kathak is one of the eight significant types of Indian old style dance. The birthplace of Kathak is customarily credited to the voyaging minstrels of antiquated northern India known as Kathakars or narrators. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which signifies "story", and Kathakar which signifies "the person who recounts a story", or "to do with stories". Meandering Kathakars conveyed stories from the extraordinary legends and antiquated folklore through dance, tunes and music. Kathak artists recount different stories through their hand developments and broad footwork, their body developments and adaptability however above all through their outward appearances. Kathak developed during the Bhakti development, especially by fusing the youth and accounts of the Hindu god Krishna, just as freely in the courts of north Indian realms.
The antiquated music sort of India, Dhrupad, was once again introduced into Kathak unexpectedly by India's senior Kathak example Mahamahopadhyay Dr. Pandit Puru Dadheech. He is India's first Kathak artist to bring back 'Dhrupad' on the formal Kathak stage and this synthesis in 28 matra. Shankar Pralayankar, his Dhrupad arrangement, has the novel status of routinely being sung in shows by 'Dhrupad' maestros the Gundecha Brothers.
Kathak is likewise not quite the same as Kathakali, however both are Indian old style dance conventions of "story play" wherein the accounts have been generally gotten from the Hindu stories and the Puranas.