Kathak Dancing Classes for Beginners | Level I







by Anindita Mukherjee Basu

40 Years Experience

National scholarship in Kathak by CCRT, Govt. of India. Awarded Certificate of Excellence by Dover Lane Music Conference.

US $18 per class |

for 1-on-1, 40 mins class

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: English

Course Summary

This is an OnliVe (online + live), 1-on-1, level one beginner course for those who are interested in picking up the basics of Kathak from scratch. Held by Kathak dance expert Anindita Mukherjee Basu, the students will learn Kathak - one of the eight famous classical dance forms of India. The term 'Kathak' is derived from the Sanskrit word Katha which means story, so Kathak means the one who tells a story or to do with stories. Through Kathak, dancers communicated stories from the great Epics and ancient mythology through their hand movements (Hastak), extensive footwork (Tatkar), body movements (Aangik), and flexibility but most importantly through their facial expressions (Bhav-Abhinaya). This level one beginner course includes all these above mentioned features through Nritya - Nritta - Natya.

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Teacher's Profile

Anindita Mukherjee Basu

Experience: 40 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Kathak, Teaching
  • Education

    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

  • Work Details

    Co-Founder, Principal - Devdhwani- A Professional Dance School

    Dance Teacher - Deewan Public School, Meerut, U.P.

    Dance Teacher - Kidyzone School

  • 28 Online live sessions completed

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  • About the Course

    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 how 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. 




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