Indian Classical Dance

Learn Indian Classical Kathak Dance and get recognized Diplomas from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj.


Kathak, deriving its name from the Sanskrit words 'katha' (story) and 'kathakar' (storyteller), is the acknowledged classical dance form of the Indo-Gangetic belt. The earliest reference to the dance form Kathak, is from the 4th century BC preceding the writing of the Bharata's Natyashastra, the revered Indian Treatise on dramaturgy. The seed of the dance form lies in the accompanying gesticulations and mime that became evident at the height of involvement and ecstasy of devotion of the brahmin priests in the course of delivering their sermon to the congregation wherein they recounted mythological and moral tales. By 4th century BC, it had evolved into a high state of fine art as is evident from the Prakrit verse. The bhakti movement brought in an element of romanticism. Portrayed through the popular tales of Radha and Krishna, human emotions of devotion, yearning, sorrow and joy were given prominence. During the medieval period of Indian history, the Mughal era saw yet another facet of formalization and stylization of the dance form in the hands of the traditional male Brahmin Kathaks. Mimetic sequences always centring on Hindu mythological tales saw varied interpretations. Natural movements, intricate rhythmic patterns, controlled vitality; complicated footwork, breathtaking pirouettes and heart- rending mime are the hallmarks of Kathak. It subtly explores a range of moods with delicacy and balance, extending the limits of arts representing a grand 'plurality' so quintessential to Indian philosophy.

Teacher – Manisha Gulyani

Manisha Gulyani is an accomplished Indian classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer, whose career spans 10 years and in 11 countries. Classically trained in Kathak, she is a Yoga practitioner and has also received training in Indian Folk, Tribal/Gypsy, modern dance, T'ai chi and Kalarippayattu. She is the founder-Secretary of Thirak India Cultural Society, set up in 2007 at Jaipur, India with a mission to celebrate and share Indian cultural traditions, heritage and innovations. Over the years, she has received awards, recognition and praises for her work in the field of Kathak Dance in India and abroad as a dancer, choreographer and scholar.