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Said to have introduced by the bards travelling around the regions of north India, Kathak involves the recounting of religious tales and legends in a rhythmic fashion. From tapping of feet and hand gestures to eye movements and facial expressions, Kathak leaves one reeling with wonder at the finesse and skill of the dancers clad in a long embroidered skirt, complemented with a choli (blouse) and chunni (a long scarf).

Tabla & Drum 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. Murda Art acadamy 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

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Prachin Kala Kendra

Instructions in
Basic German, English, Hindi, Marathi

Development

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Instructions in
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Proficiency

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Instructions in
Basic German, English, Hindi, Marathi

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What Students Says

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Shamala Ram
The 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
The 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
The 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
The 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 Mudra art academy offers classes in multiple cities across the globe - Switzerland, Germany (- collaborated with Sanvedan), India, Singapore, and online.

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

It’s never too late to start! There is a nice for everyone at Mudra art academy.

Students should wear a kurta (Long cotton shirt) with churidar or salwar (cotton trousers) . Hair should be tied back in a neat bun or a braid. Long braids should be pinned to kurtas to avoid injury during swift turns.

Yes. All new students are encouraged to attend a free trial class (1st one as demo on request).

Private lessons are possible depending on the location..

At Mudra art academy, we treat our ghungroo with a high degree of reverence. Students earn their ghungroo by demonstrating dedication and serious study. Once students have completed Levels I and II and demonstrated their progress by successfully completing their Level IIassessment, they are ready to receive their ghungroo. Students make their own ghungroo and are officially given the ghungroo in a ceremony officiated by their teacher. This ceremony initiates the student into their study of kathak and formalizes the relationship between teacher and student.

We require all new students to start in the Level I class, regardless of prior training, as material and techniques do vary from gharanas. We place a strong importance on students attaining a solid foundation in kathak technique, tal, and sur. It is important to note that students with prior dance experience do tend to progress faster than others if they are consistent in their attendance and individual practice.

Students who are interested in accelerating their progress can do so by taking advantage of all the supplemental educational programs offered by MAA (Mudra Art academy ). These include annual intensives, retreats, annual assessments, and performance opportunities. We regularly find that those students who are consistent in their attendance and individual practice, and take full advantage of supplemental activities progress at an accelerated rate.

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

Yes, The courses for the examinations (levels are Prarambhik , Bhushan, Visharad, Bhaskar, Churamani) have been designed and graded after careful consideration and planning in collaboration with the recognized experts so that they meet both academic and professional requirements. click here.

For registration information, click here.

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

Yes, family discount (For 10 classes commitment, 10% off price for partners, children and/or siblings) and student discount (For 10 classes commitment, 10% off price for after presenting your student identification)

Yes, if you are from India or Singapore, then we recommend to start online and time to time we can arrange workshops in India and Singapore. We also have possibility to have online classes if you are from different canton from Basel , considering time to time you attend studio courses at Basel

Yes, only on request and free of charge. Please contact Nivedita for the appointment. click here.

Yes, only on request and free of charge. Please contact Nivedita for the appointment. click here.

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