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Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as ‘Kathakars’ or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and Central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.

In practice, the dance form specially focusses on vigorous foot-work performed with ghunghroos, along with the multiple turns or chakkars. In the upper-body, focus is on straight lines, delicate wrist and neck movements along with subtle and graceful expressions. A major aspect in learning the dance form is the knowledge of taal (rhythmic cycles) and laya (tempo). As you delve deeper into the practice, the compositions become more complex and intricate, sometimes with multiple layas (tempos) within the same composition, or with pauses and claps with the precision of a fraction of a second, breaking the dance. It is often this complexity of rhythmic patterns and precision that makes kathak, on the one hand, challenging on every level, and on the other hand, addictive!

Faculty: Ishita Sharma

Founder of AAMAD and a prolific Kathak dancer, Ishita has trained under the able tutelage of Smt. Uma Dogra, the only ‘ganda-bandha shagird’ of the late legendary Guru Pandit Durgalalji, of the Jaipur gharana.

With over a decade of experience under her belt, Ishita has performed at prestigious regional and national festivals like the Mudra Festival, Kahajuraho Dance Festival and National Programme of Dance on Doordarshan; and in acclaimed venues like Ravindra Natya Mandir, the National Centre of Performing Arts and Nehru Centre, establishing a respected name and reputation for herself.

Apart from this, Ishita is also a film and TV personality and has acted in popular Bollywood movies Dulha Mil Gaya and Dil Dosti Etc., and co-hosted the fourth season of Dance India Dance.

Timings & Duration


Saturdays, 2-4 pm, Tuesdays Thursdays, 4-6 pm


1 month, 1 session, 3 months, 6 months