Kathak Immersion: 2-Week Dance Workshop for Adults
Kathak Workshop for Adults with Annu Gupta
Kathak Dance is one of the most ancient form of Indian Classical Performing Art. Known as the dance of storytellers, Kathak comes from the word ‘Kathakaar’ – the village minstrel who used subtle gestures and movements to enhance the dramatic element of the narrative. This dance as it exists today, is characterized by its intricate rhythm patterns, beautiful expressional songs and rounds coupled with fast and varied footwork.
‘Kathak Immersion’ is a 2 week long journey to explore and dive into this beautiful Indian Classical Dance Form. It gives people an exposure to learn, explore and experience ‘Kathak’ in its pure form. These sessions are amalgamation of Basic Yoga and Dance and focused on Practical & Theoretical aspects of Kathak Dance.
Age Group : 18+
On the concluding day i.e. July 7, there will be a Kathak Recital by all the participants.)
∙ To spread awareness of Indian Classical Dance Forms ∙ To plant seeds of Indian Classical Dance ‘Kathak’ among the dance enthusiasts ∙ To present and teach Kathak dance in its pure form ∙ To develop understanding of Kathak’s practical as well as theoretical aspect ∙ To develop interest of students in learning and knowing classical dance forms ∙ To find connections of the classical dances with our practical lives
COURSE CONTENT OF THE WORKSHOP:-
Practical Sessions :
∙ Basic Exercises
∙ Basic footwork
∙ Hand movements
∙ Basic Spins
∙ Pure bandishes of Kathak such as tihai, chakkardar, tode etc.
∙ Vandana or Bhajan
∙ Taal teen taal and different laya (rhythms)
∙ Musical Pieces of the dance form
∙ Hast Mudras
∙ Introduction to Classical Dance
∙ Knowledge about classical dance forms of India
∙ History of Kathak and its origin
∙ Gharana Tradition in Kathak
∙ Definition of technical things
∙ Instruments and costumes being used in Kathak
∙ Differentiation among Classical Dance, Folk Dance and Modern Dance
– Observing Silence
– Basic Yoga practice required for the Kathak Immersion
– Kathak Immersion (Practical and theoretical aspect)- Shall be done through group activities, sharing circles and creativity sessions.
∙ All the participants are suggested to follow an appropriate dress code—
For Women : Kurta / Frock / Anarkali with leggings
For Men: Kurta Pajama / Long t-shirt – Trouser
∙ All the sessions are mandatory to attend as every session is connected to the previous one.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Annu Gupta is a Kathak performer and teacher based out of New Delhi. She trained for 13 years professionally under the guidance of her Guru Smt. Monisa Nayak and has had shows and workshops across the country. Annu’s current initiative, ‘Anubhuti’ aims to use Kathak as a medium to instill essential life skills such as Self- Confidence, Leadership, Team Work and Creativity.