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Over the course, students will be introduced to the beautiful and ancient Indian classical dance style of Kathak. Ms. Shruti Patki will guide students through the basics of Kathak, educating them in the ways of taalas, abhinaya, and various bols. Special emphasis will be laid upon learning and understanding the music and corresponding movements of the body and the coordination between the eyes, hands, and feet. Suitable for students seven years old and above.

Basic Requirement

  • Seven years and above

  • Have the passion to learn kathak as a new thing

Skills Covered

  • Basic mudras of kathak

  • History of kathak

  • Basic taals

  • Dance pieces

  • Basic concepts of kathak dance

Expert Review

Want to learn kathak? This course will teach you the details and basics of kathak dancing. Below are some tips and historical information about kathak to help you understand it better. 

History :

In Indian classical dance, kathak is one of the eight major forms. Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars. Kathak comes from the Vedic Sanskrit words Katha, which means "story", and Kathakar, which means "one who tells stories", or "to do with stories".

Through dance, song, and music, roaming Kathakars communicated stories from ancient epics and mythology. In addition to extensive footwork, body movements, and flexibility, Kathak dancers tell various stories with their facial expressions. 

During the Bhakti movement, Kathak unwound by incorporating stories from Krishna's childhood and stories from north Indian courts. In Kathak, there are both Hindu and Muslim gharanas, and each gharana has its own cultural aspects. Kathak performances incorporate Urdu Ghazals and instruments commonly used during the Mughal era.

Its roots can be traced back to a Sanskrit Hindu text called the Natya Shastra, written by ancient Indian theatrologist and musicologist Bharata Muni. Some sources mention a time frame between 500 BCE and 500 CE for the first complete version of the text. In the text are thousands of verses containing two types of dance, narita which is a pure dance that comprises gestures and hand movements, and nritya, which is a solo expressive dance that focuses on expressions.

Integrate all elements

To achieve a proper and perfect dance form in Kathak, you must learn and practice all the elements. There are various moves in Kathak, as well as the music and various "taals" and expressions in a proper manner. It takes time to learn these elements, and the learner needs to be patient.

Learning Kathak Has Many Benefits

Kathak should also be explained to learners since this may have a greater impact on their decision to learn this dance form.

1) Kathak strengthens muscles and makes the body fit and flexible.

2) Individuals also get to learn more about the culture and heritage of India.

3) In addition to being able to perform stage-free, kathak also enhances confidence and self-reliance.

4) The course may also help in forming a bright career for you as kathak is a growing career option.

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