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Kathak collaboration with SAMVEDAN

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Kathak dance, one of the eight Indian classical dance forms, hails from North India. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word "katha," meaning "story," and "kathana," meaning "to tell." Katha-kaars, the traditional storytellers, traveled village to village, narrating tales from sacred literature and folklore. To enhance the experience, music, gesture, mime, and movement were incorporated, making the stories more memorable and engaging. The Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic footwork adorned with bells (ghungroos). The legs and torso typically remain straight, and another key feature is the use of numerous spins or circles. Kathak encompasses three distinct traditions known as gharanas: Jaipur, Lucknow, and Benaras.

Kathak Faculty

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Nivedita Joshi

Mrs. Nivedita Joshi has learnt under the Kathak Maestro Guru Pt. Rajendra Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana, Guru Mulla Jafar Khan of the Banaras gharana and guided by Mrs. Manisha Sathe. Nivedita has been teaching dance in Indian schools for several years and was a full-time dance teacher at the Singapore Fine Arts Society (SIFAS), the oldest arts school in Singapore. Nivedita has participated in various dance festivals in India and abroad. She has collaborated and performed with various other art institutions and mediums in Singapore such as Bhaskara Arts, Apsara Arts, the Indian High Commission in Singapore, Media corps, various dance productions of SIAFAS, On behalf of the Indian Embassy in Bern, On behalf of the Sahaja Yoga Meditation in Strasbourg, Bern and Basel. Mudra Art Academy Switzerland in collaboration with Samvedan - Germany (Mr. Deodatt Persaud) has performed a dance production called Krishna Raas in Munich and Göttingen.

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Mr. Deodatt Persaud

Mr. Deodatt Persaud is a promising Kathak dancer whose dexterity towards the dance is bound to take him further in exploring and fathoming what Kathak has to offer himself and to the world. His unique style is hallmarked by clear and articulate move­ments. It is hamonised by a good sense and command over rhythm, backed by powerful pirouettes and crisp footwork. Deodatt has learnt under the Kathak Maestro Guru Pt. Rajendra Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana. A Govt. of India Scholarship under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations has allowed him to persue and complete his training at India's most prestigious Kathak Dance Institute, The National Institue of Kathak Dance, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. Deodatt has performed in several prestigious festivals in India and abroad and has won the attention of both his well wishers and the critics!

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Foundation

Syllabus

As per
Prachin Kala Kendra

Instructions in
Basic German, English, Hindi, Marathi

Certification Exam

Development

Syllabus

As per
Prachin Kala Kendra

Instructions in
Basic German, English, Hindi, Marathi

Certification Exam

Proficiency

Syllabus

As per
Prachin Kala Kendra

Instructions in
Basic German, English, Hindi, Marathi

Certification Exam

Begin Your Kathak Journey

Kathak Foundation

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Days: Friday

Fees: 25 CHF per session

Location: kHaus, Kasernenhof 8, CH-4058 Basel

Kathak Development

Time: 18:00 – 19:00

Date: Feb onwards

Fees: 30CHF (Development) per session

Location: Tramstrasse 56, 4142 Münchenstein – Basel

Kathak Proficiency

Time: 18:30 – 19:30

Date: Feb onwards

Fees: 35 CHF (Proficiency) per session

Location: Tramstrasse 56, 4142 Münchenstein - Basel

Kathak - Workshop

Time: 18:30 – 19:30

Date: May onwards

Fees: 35 CHF (only on request) per session

Location: Tramstrasse 56, 4142 Münchenstein – Basel

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What Students Says

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Shamala Ram
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS)

"Behind every dancer who believes in themselves, is a teacher who believed in them first." Ms. Nivedita is one of the best teachers I have ever met. She brings out the best in you, encourages you to challenge yourself and ensures that you enjoy the process of learning dance. I was one of the lucky students to have started my foundation in Kathak under her tutelage and she has inspired me in many ways. Her classes are always fun and there is always something new to learn from her. Apart from learning the techniques of dance, I have also learnt to look at the positive side of things and appreciate what I am able to do now, instead of worrying about the past or future. Ms. Nivedita is an incredibly graceful and professionally trained dancer and teacher. She is very patient and understands the strengths and weaknesses of her students. Her constant encouragement, intense training and positive mindset will ensure that you grow into a better dancer and person.

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Dhivya R
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS)

Dance has always been my safe space and I owe it to my Gurus for allowing if to remain as such. As an adult leaner, Nivedhita ma'am gave us the time and space to flourish as grow at Kathak dancers and grow at our own pace. She creates a sacred environment for her students to appreciate Kathak as a classical art form and pushes us to form our own meaning & expression of dance. I'm truly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn under ma'am for the past 4 years !

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Reema Kumari
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS)

My name is Reema Kumari. I was a student of Guru Nivedita Mam in Sifas. I always remember that day when I got my first ever experience with classical dance. In the first day of my class, I asked Ma'am whether I am able to learn and dance this classical form like Kathak.
I still have the beautiful face in my mind with the cheers in her voice she said "Yes, definitely you can". That's how I started my classical journey with her. I learnt Kathak for 5 years with her. She is polite, calm, joyous in nature and full of positivity. She makes every step so easy to follow. She is an artist with great patience. She is very graceful and her expression is mind-blowing. We all celebrate so many moments together with her that made her proud. Time flies and she has chosen the path to explore more and new opportunities in her life with her amazing abilities. I wish her all the very best for the future endeavor. I miss you Ma'am.

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Deepa
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS)

Nivedhita Ma'am "The best teacher have met till day" With great compassion for the work she does, With great patience in teaching which kids love to be. As an adult student the experience I had was very great which can't be expressed in words. With passion in learning a new dance form even though experienced with classical dance, the comfort teacher gave me was enormous. Being doing a 'chakkar' or a difficult step, the way she comforts no while teaching gave me a motivation all these years to go forward while taking exams. During exams, the extra effort she puts to make us relieve from the pressure is splendid. We all are missing her classes now a days a lot. Miss you Ma'am

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The most popularly recognised classical dance forms are eight, which have been mentioned in the ancient Indian text of Natya Shastra. These are 8 Indian classical dance forms - Kathak (North India, Bharatnatyam) ( South India ), Kathakali ( South-west India), Odissi ( Odissa), Manipuri (Manipur), Kuchipudi ( Andhra Pradesh), Mohinyattam ( Kerala), Sattriya ( Assam).

Kathak dance is native to North India and it is one of 8 Indian classical dance forms. Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word 'KATHA' which means story and ‘KATHAN’ which means to tell, and Katha-kaars which are the story tellers. They travelled village to village narrating stories from the sacred literature and folk tales of India. Music, gesture, mime and movements were added to make the listening of these stories more memorable and interesting. The Kathak dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements wearing with bells (Ghungroo). The legs and torso are generally straight. Another key feature of Kathak is use of numberless spins or circles. There are three different traditions of Kathak which is called ‘Gharana’. They are known as Jaipur, Lucknow and Benaras gharana.

As mentioned in the Natyashastra, Indian classical dance has threefold divisions:
Nritta: Nritta is pure technical dance which consists of rhythmic movements of body and various pattern of footwork.
Nritya: Nritya is a dance which emphasises on suggestive facial expressions along with hand gestures and symbolic body movements. The dance which is performed to convey the meaning of a theme.
Natya: Natya is a presentation of the particular mythological, historical character. It depicts physical and emotional condition of the character.

Bhakti Era-The first major evolution of Kathak came with the spread of Vaishnavism ( worship of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna ).Kathak evolved as an expression devotion through love ( prem bhakti) towards Lord Krishna. It had a powerful influence on Kathak. Radha- Krishna stories became an integral part of the Kathak presentation.
Mughal Era-During the hold of Mughal emperors Kathak went through a big transformation. Dancers were more focused on technical aspect, variation of rhythm and speedy turns. Many new compositions were introduced. Grace, charm and delicacy became an important part of presentation. Kathak was merged with many other musical forms. Traditional costume got replaced with Mughal influenced patterns. Kathak was influenced by the Mughal Royalty.
Today, Kathak has developed into a refined art form for the concert hall that blends the influences of both eras.

Kathak levels are Foundation (Beginners), Development (intermediate) and Proficiency (advanced). click here.

The Mudra Art Academy offers kathak classes in multiple cities across the globe - Switzerland, Germany (collaborated with Mr. Deodatt Persaud, Samvedan), India, Singapore.

The minimum age to join our classes is 7 years. At this age, the child will be enrolling into the ‘Kids Batch’. There is no limit on the maximum age to join.

Yes, the courses for the Prarambhik, Bhushan, Visharad, Bhaskar, Churamani examinations have been designed as per Prachin Kala Kendra - India and graded after careful consideration and planning in collaboration with the recognized experts so that they meet both academic and professional requirements. click here.

Yes, for the Prarambhik, Bhushan, Visharad, Bhaskar, Churamani examinations, Nivedita Joshi will provide preparation lessons.

Prachin Kala Kendra established in 1956, Pracheen Kala Kendra is one of the oldest, premier and prestigious organizations of India dedicated to promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian Classical arts. At present , Pracheen Kala Kendra is a well known institution imparting quality education and training under ancient Gurukul parampara in the subjects of Indian Classical Music including Carnatic Music (Vocal & Instrumental), Classical Dances (e.g. Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi Dance, etc.) and Fine Arts (Painting) and conducting examinations in the field of performing and visual arts for the last 60 years.

Kathak has three different styles such as Jaipur, Lucknow and Benaras. Each tradition has a unique way of dance presentation. We recommend the students with previous learning experiences to have some Kathak sessions with Nivedita Joshi to know and understand about further training sessions. Considering the students with previous learning experience its easy for them to progress faster than others with consistency and regular individual practice.

For registration information, click here.

Yes, absolutely. We welcome new students throughout the year.

It’s never too late to start! But the minimum age to join our classes is 7 years. All dance enthusiasts are welcome at Mudra Art Academy Switzerland.

Students should wear a long cotton shirt (kurta) with cotton trousers (churidar or salwar) Hair should be tied back in a neat bun or a braid.

Yes. All new students are encouraged to attend a free trial class (1st one as demo on request). Please send us an enquiry and you will get an opportunity to discussed directly with Nivedita Joshi click here.

Yes, Private lessons are possible depending on the location. Please send us an enquiry and you will get an opportunity to discussed directly with Nivedita Joshi click here.

Please send us an enquiry and you will get an opportunity to discussed directly with Nivedita Joshi. click here.

Yes, if you are from India, Singapore or Europe, we recommend you to start online and as you progress, we can organize workshops in India and Singapore. We also have the possibility to give online courses if you are from a Swiss canton other than Basel and we recommend you to attend courses in Basel from time to time.click here.

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