Kathak, a north Indian classic dance, is one of the most popular dance forms of India. Kathak is derived from the word katha, which means “story telling.” Kathakas are those who perform Kathak dance. Kathak is considered a language which conveys religious myths and tales from the epics such as the “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata.”
In some teachings about yogic meditation, aladani is the name given to the transition stage between dreaming and the deep sleep states of consciousness. It is not a state that is ordinarily experienced consciously, but instead is very subtle. It is important because it is the state in which latent and formless impressions began to emerge, before they take form in the unconscious mind. In aladani, the images that will ultimately become dream sequences are born.