Kathak is one of the most olden forms of dance and today, it holds a special place in elements that form our rich Indian culture. Kathak is associated with North India and is usually performed by male or female. Amidst all the western styles of dance that are becoming popular today, Kathak still holds a special place in the minds and hearts of all ardent classical dance lovers.
Learning Kathak requires immense hard work and dedication. It indeed takes years for one to practice this style of dance. One need a hard practice of almost five to six years to become a trained dance professional in Kathak. The origin of Kathak is not clearly known but it is a sacred form of dance and is performed in temples and shrines even today. Hence people who conduct Kathak dance classes are extremely devoted to this art and feel really passionate about.
Kathak dance classes are many but it is necessary that the guru (teacher) that you learn from is a professional Kathak dancer. These dance classes help you to learn complex Kathak foot work which needs to be executed perfectly. The basic metrical cycle that is also known as tala in association with jatis or rhythmic patterns determines the execution of dance steps by the dancer.
Some of the major Kathak professional dance classes in Mumbai and Delhi are: Nrityadhara Kathak Dance Classes (Mumbai), Guru Janki Prasad Shankarlalji Kathak Classes(Andheri, Mumbai), Sarfojiraje Bhosale Centre/Bharat College, Nalanda Dance Centre and Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya (Vile Parle, Mumbai), Lasya (Santacruz, Mumbai), Triveni dance Company (Delhi), Florence Institute of Dance and Music (Delhi), Alaknanda Institute of Performing Arts (Delhi), Sangeet Sadhna Kendra (Delhi), Nitco School of music and dance (Delhi) etc.
Introducing this dance style to your children at an early age is advisable so that he or she can perfect and master this art.