This is an introductory course to get acquainted with the fundamentals of one of the most popular classical dance forms of India, Kathak. The name Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word katha meaning story, and katthaka in Sanskrit means he who tells a story, or to do with stories. The name of the form is properly कत्थक katthak, with the geminated dental to show a derived form, but this has since simplified to modern-day कथक kathak. kathaa kahe so kathak is a saying many teachers pass on to their pupils, which is generally translated, she/he who tells a story, is a kathak', but which can also be translated, 'that which tells a story, that is 'Kathak'. This course is for those who are casually aquainted with the dance form or not aquainted at all. After this course, they can pursue the more advanced courses on Pragyata or hit the ground running at a dance school nearby.
Instructor: Pali Chandra
Pali Chandra is a dancer, choreographer, educationist, social activist and the Artistic Director of Gurukul, Dubai. Pali has acted as an ambassador of Indian culture spreading awareness about the heritage through performances around the world. She is an ex-committee member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, U.K. and a graded member of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.