Kathak is a north Indian classical dance form that draws upon ancient Hindu temple and Mughal era court traditions.
The truly vast repertoire comprises poetic, dramatic and pure dance. The art form continues to flourish and evolve with hallmarks including intricate footwork, pirouettes, sculpted poses and expressional storytelling.
Classes aim to ground students in technique through footwork, movement and pirouette exercises. Featuring rapid footwork and fast spins with sculpted poses, this dance gives grace, strength and co-ordination. You will learn small dance pieces as well as working on technique. Technical compositions and expressional dance pieces are also taught.
Students can also be coached for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Kathak examinations.
Please note the teacher cannot accept card payments for this class.
Parbati Chaudhury is a London-born and based dance artist and teacher.
Her training in kathak began in 1998 at The Bhavan Centre, with Sushmita Ghosh and Abhay Shankar Mishra, and continues independently under the tutelage of Urja Desai Thakore. Parbati has also attended workshops and summer schools with renowned dancers and choreographers such as Kumudini Lakhia, Birju Maharaj, Geetanjali Lal,Saswati Sen, Aditi Mangaldas, Sushmita Ghosh, Fasih-ur-Rehman and Amina Khayyam.
As a performer, Parbati regularly features in Pagrav Dance Company (I, Within), Akademi (Navodit, Bells Revisited) and Kadam/Pulse (My Soul Is Alight) productions, and as a teacher, leads kathak classes at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, the Academy of Moving Arts and Khyal Arts.
In 2015, Parbati won two national youth dance awards: Kathak Solo Category of Yuva - South Asian Youth Dance Competition with Akademi; Yuva Nritya Ratna Award with Milapfest, and recently performed in Ahmedabad with Urja Desai Thakore alongside a number of eminent artists such as Birju Maharaj and Aditi Mangaldas celebrating 50 years of Kadamb, Kumudini Lakhia's school of dance and music.
Parbati is currently looking into unfamiliar performing arts disciplines such as kalaripayattu and musical theatre, which she hopes will help her to explore fresh avenues of presentation, interpretation and alternative movement dynamics.
Aside from her dance practice, Parbati also works at Pulsemagazine to support the creation of a more integrated and informed South Asian arts community.
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