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Kathak Classes by Sanjay Kumar Joshi


Kathak Classes by Sanjay Kumar Joshi

Kathak Classes by Sanjay Kumar Joshi
Tuesday and Friday
Timings : 05:30pm to 06:30pm
Fee : Rs.2000/- Per Month

Sanjay Kumar Joshi has been trained in Kathak from Late Sri A.Y.Giri and Late Sri R.Gopal Rao. He then had the honour of training under Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia in Nrityagram, Bangalore.

His brief but intense association with Dr. Puru Dadheech of Indore further enhanced his understanding of the Kathak style.

He had privilege of doing a workshop under Late Smt. Rohini Bhate, Pune.
He has also been trained in Bharathnatyam from Late Smt. Samrajyam Lakshmi Ramana Rao and Sri V.S. Rammurthy.

He is also trained in Kuchipudi under Sri Vedantam Ramalinga Shastry.
Today, he has the fortune of being associated with one of the most prominent names in the sphere of Kuchipudi Padmabhushan Smt. Swapna Sundari.

Mr. Sanjay with Guru Smt. Swapna Sundari

Completely fascinated by the technique and nuances of the “Vilasini Natyam” which is being resurrected and popularized by Smt. Swapna Sundari, Sanjay has been trained in this dance form and along with his illustrious Guru hopes to popularize it and propagate it across the country.

Kathak, one of the finest forms of Indian classical dance systems, takes its name from the ancient saying “Katha Kahe So Kathak”, that is, “one who tells a story is a kathak” or storyteller. Having evolved as a form of singing stories of divine deeds and in the holy precincts of temples, Kathak is one style that has evolved and changed in form, texture, content and format over the centuries. Kathak like so many other branches of our art and culture redefined and restructured itself due to the fusion of Indo-Moghul culture. It traveled from the temples to the streets, to the courts of powerful kings and reinvented itself every step of the way, to suit the socio-political cultural ethos of every particular era.

Today, Kathak stands in full pristine glory and many exponents belonging to different Gharanas (systems) like the Lucknow , Jaipur and Banaras have contributed to its strength, name and fame. Kathak is a dance famous for its intricate ‘laykaari’ or dance based on rhythm and accurate time measurement. Pirouettes called ‘chakkars’ form an essential part of its technique, giving it the nickname ‘the Cinderella of Indian dance’. As opposed to the common belief that Kathak is mainly only foot work and rhythmic technique, the fact is that over the times a number of literary compositions have also been used in the repertoire of Kathak, like khyals, dhrupad, dhamaar, hori, thumri, bhajan, keertan and even ghazal.

Today, Kathak is being used in depiction of modern and contemporary themes as well. The resilience, subtlety and grace in laid in the technique of the style make it suitable for every kind of theme, mood or emotion, which is why Kathak occupies a pride of position in the impressive array of Indian classical dance forms.

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