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Kathak Aalamban – Online Workshop for Beginners

10 Foundation Sessions by Guru Bhakti Deshpande #BeatTheVirus #LearnFromHome

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About Bhakti Deshpande

An award winning and renowned Kathak dancer in India, Bhakti is the disciple of Pt. Birju Maharajji. She has been a Kathak choreographer in Bollywood movies like Baaji rao mastani, Dedh Ishqiya, Vishwaroopam and multiple dance reality shows. She has performed in prestigious venues globally and has been teaching Kathak at her academy in South Mumbai. Her learnings from her Guru and her extensive work as a Kathak dancer, have been incorporated in these classes.

Workshop for Beginners – Aalamban

Designed by Bhakti Deshpande, the Aalamban workshop is made for beginners. It introduces the student to all the basics movement in Kathak that can be learnt in a short while and used for creating graceful choreography. The Aalamban workshop is a short yet comprehensive introduction to the dance form of Kathak.

What will I learn

  • Hand movements (Hastak)
  • Footwork (Padanyaas)
  • Expressions (Ras)
  • Palm Gestures (Hasta Mudra)
  • Application of learnings into a short choreography on popular song. Explore the emotion of love & affection (Shringar Ras). Song used: Mohe Rang do Laal (from Baaji Rao mastani)
  • Develop observational abilities and learn to appreciate the dance technique as used in Indian classical dance – Dance Diaries 

How is the course conducted

This is designed to be a Online Course and requires about 1 hour every day for 10 days to complete the course. The program is a mix of daily lessons, practice routines, 2 live feedback sessions (over whatsapp/skype video calls) and concludes with short choreography lesson.

The course access is valid for three months from the date of joining.

Requirements

  • To begin learning the course, you shall have NO pre-requisites. Your curiosity is your eligibility to begin learning.

Who should join the Course?

This workshop is meant for beginners, so if you have no knowledge of Kathak or if you learnt a long time ago and want to restart this is a great place to start.

  • Beginners, looking at a step-by-step guide to developing skills in Kathak Dance
  • If you are keen/inclined to explore the world of Indian classical dance.
  • Someone who would like to revisit their hobby or routinely practice the basics of Indian dance style.
  • Advanced level dancers of western/oriental/other genres looking to add a new dimension to their dance through the beautiful Kathak Dance

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Testimonials

I took this course because with good videos I also got personal feedback sessions with the teacher. I could not find such complete learning course anywhere online and the teacher feedback really helps in learning quickly and solving all doubts. This is excellent course with flexible learning timings that I did not get in any dance class.

Ms. Rohini Chaterjee Banker, India January 14, 2020

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A professional Kathak dancer having performed in prestigious venues globally, an empanelled artist with the indian ministry of culture, a Kathak Choreographer in Bollywood movies like Baajiraomastani, vishwaroopam, dedhisqiya and multiple dancer reality shows. She is the student of PanditBirjuMaharaj ji and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. But most importantly she has been a passionate teacher since more than a decade. She has designed and delivered the Dance(Kathak) course.

    Bhakti Deshpande

    Bhakti Deshpande

    A professional Kathak dancer having performed in prestigious venues globally, an empanelled artist with the indian ministry of culture, a Kathak Choreographer in Bollywood movies like Baajiraomastani, vishwaroopam, dedhisqiya and multiple dancer reality shows. She is the student of PanditBirjuMaharaj ji and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. But most importantly she has been a passionate teacher since more than a decade. She has designed and delivered the Dance(Kathak) course.

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