Kathak and Amrapali
Kathak is the dance of telling a story. The dance originated in the temples and is one of the most sacred dance forms of Lord Shiva who is the Lord of the dance. As revealed in history, during the Mughal rules, the dance was forbidden to be perform in the temples and taken into the king's court- the "darbar" where forms such as tarana, darbari, thumri have evolved evident in Lucknow Kathak. Although Kathak Beginners is strictly Lucknow Kathak course, Monisha Kumar (Artistic Director) teaches elements from the 3 forms- Jaipur, Lucknow, Banaras kathak and also takes students on a smooth transition of how kathak dance can be mixed with other forms of dance to create the ultimate unique dances that Monisha Kumar is known for in New Zealand.
Amrapali Dances are dances that were performed by a beautiful
dancer by the name of Amrapali during the time of Buddha in India. The dances consisted and combined techniques from the 6 main forms of classical dances in India and results are beautiful. Students also get to experience wearing beautiful stunning costumes conceputalised by Monisha Kumar. Amrapali dances are taught from Kathak I onwards after students have completed basic kathak training in Kathak Beginners.
There are no exams for Kathak dance classes.