per week per student
Learn Beginner Level Kathak Dancing
Over the eight week 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 five years old and above.
The art of Kathak is one of the eight major classical Indian dance styles, with its origins traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient Northern India called Kathakars, or "storytellers." Today, we still tell their stories through the subtle art of Kathak dancing.This eight-week course will focus on a variety of aspects in Kathak dancing, teaching the student about the nuances of footwork, hand gestures, essential postures as well as the all important facial expressions which in turn help in developing the thought process for choreography.
The course will also introduce the students to basic taalas, which is a form of rhythmic beat or measure of time made by clapping or the use of cymbals or other percussion instruments. They will also be taught about basic abhinaya, the art of expression through the face and the body to further engage with an audience to provoke a particular feeling in them. Students will get acquainted with the language of Kathak, tabla, pakhawaj etc.
About Ms. Shruti Patki: With over ten years of experience, Ms. Shruti Patki trained in the Benaras and Lucknow gharana styles for 19 years under reputed Kathak Danseuse & Guru Mrs. Shambhavi Dandekar and Guru Pta. Maneesha Sathe from Pune. Currently, she is learning the Jaipur gharana style under Guru Pt. Rajendra Gangani ji. Training for the past 22 years, she is also a visiting Faculty at Lalit Kala Kendra (Gurukul) Savitribai Phule Pune University.
Shruti has proven her passion many times over. She was recently presented with the Navonmesh Nritya Sadhana Puraskar by Dr. Sujata Natu and Ganawardhan in July 2019. She has also won a variety of district, state and national level competitions. She was awarded with the Rabindra Puraskar in 2015 and the Gold Medal in Masters in Performing Arts in Kathak 2014. She has also secured the First Rank all over India in the postgraduate level Nritya Alankar examination conducted by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai in 2012.
Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Suitable for students five years old and above. Students should note there is a dress code: Please wear salwar-kurta or any ankle length leggings with a long knee length kurta. Students will also need a notebook which should be solely dedicated to Kathak.
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Sun 11:30 PM - 12:15 AM America/New_York
Mon 11:30 PM - 12:15 AM America/New_York
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Sat 06:30 AM - 07:15 AM America/New_York
Sun 06:30 AM - 07:15 AM America/New_York