Master's in Kathak from Savitribai Phule Pune University
Nritya Alankar from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai
Founder and Teacher - SKILS - School of Kathak and Interdisciplinary Learning with Shruti
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 of Kathak dancing, teaching the student about the nuances of footwork, hand gestures, essential postures. The enrolled student will learn facial expressions which in turn help in developing the thought process for choreography.
This beginner course by Shruti Patki 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 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 short-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 this course is detailed, students will 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.
This course is suitable for students who are 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.