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MA from Fontys School of applied Arts, Netherlands
Founder/ artistic director - Soul feet
Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest classical dance forms in India. Being a classical dance, the strong technique is what forms its base. What is important to note is that Bharatanatyam also has its deep roots in tradition. This art form finds its roots in the text called “Natya sastra” and has been truly designed to bring about a union of the body, mind, and soul. For this purpose learning the dance form involves a deep study of body movements, emotional expression, and spiritual understanding. Hence, Bharatanatyam not only encourages physical fitness of the body but also enhances grace, poise, and imagination. This dance form is composed of 3 major categories - Nritta (pure dance), Natya (Abhinaya or expression), Nritya (a combination of the previous 2 aspects). In this beginners course, the students would work on the Nritta aspect of dance which involves rhythmic footwork, use of hand gestures, and understanding body postures. As a part of this course, the students would also be given an introduction to “Abhinaya” so that they can be aware of what to expect from further study of the art.
In this course that spans for a duration of 16 weeks, the student would learn the following topics:
Body alignment - The physical structure of Bharatanatyam conceives the body in linear lines and conceives movement in space mostly in straight lines, triangles, or circles. Students would learn how to hold the basic sitting posture “Aramandi” correctly in order to avoid future injuries and work on the basic position of the arms “Natyarambhe”. Special focus would be given to the alignment of the upper torso in coordination with the dance movements. Students would be given a direction on how they can add grace to the body in spite of maintaining these linear lines.
Adavus: Adavus are the basic steps of Bharatanatyam which are a combination of footwork and hand gestures. Students would be taught the first 4 sets of Adavus in this course. They would be introduced to the concept of Laya (speed) and made to practice the adavus to 3 speeds. In addition, an introduction would also be made to understand the concept of Jaati (Tishra and Chatushra) because we as teachers strongly feel that it forms the base for rhythmic footwork.
Pada Bhedas: Understanding of the positions of the feet and their application in adavus.
Hastas (Mudras): Students would learn the whole set of Asamyukta hastas (single hand gestures).
In addition to the practical teaching, the teacher will share the theoretical aspects of study in the form of notes with the student. The student will also be exposed to the historical and cultural theory of Bharatanatyam through interesting methods.
On the completion of the course, the student would have a clear understanding of the basics of the Nritta aspect of Bharatanatyam, the alignment of the body, a sense of rhythm, and a definite sense of confidence. The student would then be in a position to decide if he or she would like to move further in their journey with this beautiful art form!
About the teacher: Parijat Naik is a Choreographer and performer based in Mumbai, currently residing in the Netherlands. She is the founder of Soul Feet dance company headquartered in Mumbai, India. For the past 10 years, she has been choreographing and performing at various festivals and concerts all over India and in countries like Sweden, Hong Kong, and China. She has also conducted workshops in The Netherlands, France, and Singapore. She has choreographed and performed at the famous Kala Ghoda festival, Mumbai, and also choreographed and conducted dance workshops for corporate companies such as BNP Paribas, HDFC, L&T, Phillips, Accenture, Rotary club. Soul Feet dance company's choreography has been telecasted on television channels such as Colours tv, Sony pal, and Doordarshan. For the past 8 years, Soul Feet has been the leading dance troupe for the famous "Bollywood tours" that mark the character of Bollywood tourism in Mumbai. Her artistic practice has a strong focus on storytelling, culture, and non-verbal communication. In her works, she constantly tries to incorporate innovative methods and strongly believes that art is a participatory and collective experience. Given her background in Architecture and recent research-based Masters in Performing Arts at Fontys University in The Netherlands, she is committed to continuing research in finding methods to redefine the position of traditional classical and folk dance in modern society.
This course will give the students a clear picture and understanding on the structure and framework of Bharatanatyam. They would have a practical as well as theoretical knowledge of the basics of this dance style and would be well prepared to dive into the next level of learning.
The other benefits also involve body awareness, developing coordination between the different limbs, gaining confidence, improving body posture and developing an integration of the body and mind.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is 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. The main advantage for students enrolling on Ipassio is the online platform that has become so important and relevant in today's time. The student is able to join from his/ her own space and saves a lot of time and energy in traveling. Ipassio facilitates personal attention and hence it becomes easier and also quicker for the student to cover up the large portion of a technical dance form like Bharatanatyam.
Since it is a beginners course, there is no prior experience required. The only prerequisite is the motivation and curiosity to learn!