Indian Classical Dance - Kathak

By Pta. Maneesha Sathe   |   Lalit kala Kendra, Center for Performing Arts, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Learners enrolled: 2287
This course is about Indian Classical Dance - Kathak. This course facilitates students to learn all the aspects of Kathak Dance. From the History and the Origin of Kathak Dance, students will be able to understand the technical as well as aesthetical dimensions of this dance form. The modules contain all the traditional as well as contemporary modern styles of this dance form. Students would benefit not only from the video lectures but also through the reading material provided with each module.  


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 31 Oct 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Category :
  • Arts
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Weekly Plan:
Week 01
- Origin, History and Development of Kathak
Week 02 - Introduction to Laya Taal (Padhant)
Week 03 - Knowledge of Technical Terms
Week 04 - Languages in Kathak and its Notation Systems
Week 05 - Abhinaya (the art of storytelling)
Week 06 - Abhinaya continued
Week 07 - Abhinaya continued
Week 08 - Natya Shastra and Abhinaya Darpana
Week 09 - Study of other Taals than Tritaal
Week 10 - Study of Gharanas: Distinguishing features and performnaces
Week 11 - Choreographies in Kathak - 1
Week 12 - Choreographies in Kathak - 2
Week 13 - Aspects of Presentation

Books and references

1. Kathak Nritya Shiksha Part 1 & 2 (Hindi) - Dr. Puru Dadheech
2. Kathak Nritya (Hindi) - Dr. Laksmhinarayan Garg 
3. Abhinay Darpan Deepika (Hindi) - Pta. Rohini Bhate
4. Laheja(Hindi, Marathi) - Pta. Rohin Bhate
5. Nayika bhed in Kathak - Chetna Jyotish
6. Nrutya Sourabh (Marathi) - Dr. Manjiri Deo
7. Kathak (English) - Shovana Narayan
8. Rhythmic Echoes and Reflections (English) - Sovana Narayan

Instructor bio

Pta. Maneesha Sathe

Lalit kala Kendra, Center for Performing Arts, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Guru, Pta. Maneesah Satheji is one of the leading exponents of Kathak in India. After initially learning from Pt. Balasaheb Gokhale, she went on to receive training from Pt. Gopi Krishnaji. Pandita Maneesha Sathe is the torchbearer of Nataraj Gopi Krishnaji’s dance style and the founder of Maneesha Nrityalay Charitable Trust. Gifted with technical perfection, an aesthetic approach, sensitivity and imagination, she has experimented with a wide variety of themes: traditional, modern, concrete, abstract, folk as well as contemporary. She has to her credit over 200 items in traditional Kathak and has performed on scores of prestigious dance platforms in India as well as in other countries like Sweden, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Bahrain and Japan.

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