Dancers swathed in colorful silk saris with bells jangling from their ankles will perform a passionate and exotic dance form from northern India in Tokyo on May 12 and 13 in an event titled “Amurut Manthan #2,” organized by an Indian-dance group based in the capital.

The classical dance form, Kathak, which used to be performed in the palaces of the Mogul Empire (1526-1858), was originally a religious ritual staged at Hindu temples before it became entertainment for the ruling elite.

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