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Specialization in Kathak from Kalashram, under the guidance of Vidushi Mamta Maharaj
Scholarship in Dance Kathak from Centre For Cultural Resources and Training
Sangit Prabhakar in Kathak from Prayag Sangit Samity, Allahabad
Sangit Visharad in Kathak from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
Sangit Visharad in Bharatnatyam from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
Mahopadhyay in Kathak from Trailokya Sangit Parishad, Kolkata
Sangit prabhakar in Rabindra Sangeet (vocal) from Prayag Sangit Samity, Allahabad
Diploma in Special Education-Mentally Retardation from National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH)
Bachelor of Arts in Bengali Language from University of Calcutta
Co-Founder, Principal - Devdhwani- A Professional Dance School
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In this level one beginner Kathak course that will span for over 24 weeks, the enrolled beginner students would work on those aspects of Kathak that will include 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 “Natya” so that they can be aware of what to expect from further study of the art. Also known as Praveshika, this course will be held once a week for a duration of 40 mins and here's what the students will be learning out of it:
Bhumi Pranam: it is described to ask permission from the Earth before dancing. This is a bow to mother earth
Natyakram Shloka: Through this Shloka the students can understand the coordination of Eyes-Hands-Body and Mind by which the beauty of dance is adorned
Guru Stuti: The students express their gratitude towards the teacher or Guru
Angshuddhi: Purification or perfection of body parts
Pada Bikshep: Foot positions and foot works through Flat feet, Toes, Heels, and Soles
Hastak: it shows to use both hands and legs movements together. This will be extremely useful to progress in this course
Bhramari: The spins, circles, or turns
Taal Parichay: Meaning and definitions of Taal – to write and to recite the Theka and foot work of following Taals (Teentaal, Dadra Taal, Keherwa Taal)
Taal Lipi: Symbols and definitions to write and show the THEKA of Taals (Sam, Taali, Khali, Vibhag, Matra, Aavartan, Theka, Taal, Laya)
Bole: The syllables of dance
Thaat: the stylized moves ended with a statuesque pose which is performed at the starting of Kathak
Namaskaar: To greet or salute with respect and humility
Aamad: Means to entre into the stage, it’s also called Rangmach Pravesh
Toda: the rhymic compositions in different Laya
Kavit: The poetic compositions with body movements and gestures to decode the meaning of the poetry
Tihai: It is a polyrhythmic technique to conclude a piece of bole
Tatkaar: This means footwork which is the abstract, fast and rhythmic aspect of Kathak which requires vigorous practices
About the instructor: Anindita Mukherjee Basu has more than 40 years of experience in the field of Kathak as a confident dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She is a dedicated teacher, an energetic dancer, and an innovative choreographer with deep theoretical knowledge of Kathak dance and Music. She has received training in Kathak from dance veterans like Pandit Shree Sandip Dev, Guru Smt. Jayanti Mukherjee, Guru Smt. Manjulika Roy Chowdhury, Guru Smt. Bela Arnab, Guru Smt. Rubi Bandopadhyay, Dr. Malabika Mitra, and in Rabindra Nritya from Guru Smt. Rajrupa Deb. Anindita has won many awards and accolades, some of which include the national scholarship in Kathak by CCRT (Centre for Cultural Resources and Training in 1985. She has a renowned background at work as she has worked as an artist of Doordarshan Kendra Kolkata since 1984, has been an examiner of Sarba Bharatiya Sangeet -O- Sanskriti Parishad and is currently running DEVDHWANI – A Professional Dance School at Ghaziabad and Kolkata.
This dance form has several benefits. Especially learning Kathak from early childhood becomes extremely useful in later years of life. It helps to strengthen muscles, make the mind and body strong from very formative ages which is essential in the growing phases of a child. It makes the child self-disciplined, they learn the virtue of teamwork, self-discipline. Apart from that as these dance form needs quite a long time to learn it helps them to even build a career as they grow older. Although any dance or art cannot be limited to ages, learning it during childhood is more beneficial because of the time they get to completely become an expert. For adults also to learn it goes for a great dance form to opt for.
1. Kathak makes you physically strong
This makes the lower portion of the body strong; hand muscles and chest also get their proper exercise. According to many studies, even the eye muscles, neck region, torso part get their proper exercises while giving the expressions or while practicing them. This dance form does not allow you to gain your body weight and keeps your body fit and muscles flexible. It also keeps the body toned and increases stamina to perform.
2. Kathak helps you in better body balance through learning footwork
Learning of classical dances like Kathak helps in doing foot-works which are mostly done in various rhythms and laya. Learning of these foot-works makes the dance look more graceful and neat.
3. Kathak increases your ability to focus
Learning this dance form helps to increase focus and concentration. This dance is full of nuanced movements of the foot, eyes, hands, and face. It requires a high degree of focus to learn these nuances. Regular practice needs a very high degree of focus which improves your ability to concentrate.
4. Learning Kathak helps to improve your expressions
In order to dance one also needs to put the exact expressions in the exact places. Expressions make the dance look more vibrant and graceful. The communication of each and every move in Kathak is made more meaningful by giving proper expressions of happiness, sadness, and so on. Learning of expressions is one of the most important reasons for learning Kathak.
5. Learning Hasta Mudras improves hand movements
Learning of Mudras in Kathak is also one benefit to the dancer. This dance includes the learning of both Samyukta and Asamyukta hastas or mudras. Various mudras represent various objects to communicate easily.
6. Kathak helps in overcoming the stage fear
One of the major benefits of learning Kathak is that it gives you the opportunity to perform on a stage. The dance is performed at various shows in a professional manner. By performing it in front of a large audience alleviates your stage fear. It makes you confident and gives you conviction about your own abilities.
7. Kathak helps to learn Indian Culture and Heritage
This dance form helps to represent the art and culture of India and helps it in carrying forward. Kathak dance form which started to spread as a dance of storytelling of mythological anecdotes helps us to represent the rich culture and heritage of India. This dance form represents the stories of Mahabharata and the Ramayana. These were particularly spread by the bards or the storytellers who were termed as Kathakars.
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 one. 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 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 duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
No need of any prerequisites for Beginner 1 Praveshika except a wholehearted interest for learning classical dance Kathak.