Dance 143ka - Topics in Indian Dance-Kathak


Rachna Agrawal

TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM

Smith College
Berenson Studio
Highly expressive and technically precise, Kathak is a renown genre of Indian dance performed across the world—at once a symbol of North Indian culture and a transnational practice of the Indian diaspora. With roots in Indian temples and influenced by Middle Eastern culture, Kathak blends dance, drama and music to tell mythological stories. This course introduces elements of Kathak technique, including its signature percussive footwork and symbolic hand gestures (mudras). It fosters knowledge of Kathak’s history and cultural context, teaching the technique in dialogue with Indian music, philosophy and mythology. No previous experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 30.

[CE] DAN 143 Limit

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