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Kathak Dancing Course for Beginners | Level II

This is an OnliVe (online + live), 1-on-1, level two 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. This is a beginner course that helps students graduate from being amateur Kathak aspirants to reach and attain the intermediate student level. Students completing this beginner course will be able to perform the basics in front of an audience after regular practice and learning with commitment. This lever two beginner course includes will learn more detailed Kathak concepts through Nritya - Nritta - Natya. It is a necessary prerequisite for the enrolled students to complete level one of the same course. 

 

 

  • Course Duration

    24 Weeks

  • Course Level

    Beginner

  • Instruction Language

    English, Bengali

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Anindita Mukherjee Basu

40 Years Experience

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords:

    kathak, dance, Expert, excellent teaching techniques, basics, classical, good knowledge, improvisation, Performances, Professional, Professional teacher, Rabindra Sangeet
  • 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

Course Details

In this level two 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 Prarambhik, 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:
Guru Vandana: The students express their gratitude towards the teacher or Guru.
Stuti: The students express their gratitude to the Gods and Goddesses. It includes Saraswati Stuti and Natraj Stuti.
Angshuddhi: Purification or perfection of body parts.
Chaal: Foot positions and footwork like Taran, Palta, Parshwa Chalan, Sammukh Chalan, Pashchad Chalan, etc. 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. It includes Hastachakra – the different circular movements of hands
Bhramari: The spins, circles or turns named Sada Chakkar, Pawan Chakkar, Jal Chakkar, Ardha Chakkar etc
Taal Parichay: Meaning and definitions of Taal – to write and to recite the Theka and footwork of following Taals (Teentaal, Jhap taal)
Bole:
The syllables of dance
Thaat: the stylized moves ended with a statuesque pose which is performed at the starting of Kathak
Namaskaar / Rangmanch ka Tukra: To greet or salute with respect and humility
Aamad: Means to enter into the stage, it’s also called Rangmach Pravesh
Toda: the rhythmic compositions in different Laya, it includes Sada Toda, Primlu Toda, Chakkardar Toda.
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. It includes Damdar Tihai and Bedamdar Tihai.
Tatkaar
: This means footwork which is the abstract, fast and rhythmic aspect of Kathak which requires vigorous practice.
Gat Nikas: Dancing in a particular posture of kathak with chaal (walk).It includes Anchita-Kunchita (expand and compress), Bansuri (flute), Drishti (look).
Asamyukta Hastamudra: The single hand gesture used for communication.
Musical instruments used in Kathak

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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