Online Foundation Course In Kathak

Learn the basics of  Kathak, a major Indian classical dance popular in North India in a self-paced, three-month course

Introduction to Kathak

Kathak is one of the major Indian classical dances whose theory and practice can be traced to the ancient Sanskrit text, Natya Shastra. It is derived from the word ‘Katha’, meaning story. In the olden days, wandering storytellers or ‘Kathakars’ told stories from great epics through dance, music, and songs. Kathak performers use vivid facial expressions, hand movements, and footwork to tell stories. The dance form evolved in North India during the Bhakti movement as a tool to tell stories about Lord Krishna and during the Mughal era as court performances.

About the course

You will learn the basics of the major components of the Kathak dance form: body movements with various rhythmic patterns (taal paksh), various gestures, and postures, and using facial expressions to convey a story (bhav paksh). At the end of the workshop, you will learn a short dance piece and would have gained an understanding of this art form. The workshop will encourage performers to be storytellers.


The self-paced three-month course is designed to teach you the nuances of this unique dance form. You will have access to:

  • 16 recorded sessions
  • 10 practice videos

Level: Beginner


  • Practical experience of learning Kathak 
  • A short Kathak dance piece 
  • The grammar & composition of Kathak 
  • A certificate of completion

Know your teacher

Karan Kishan Kingrani

A child prodigy, Karan Kishan Kingrani received his training in Kathak from Kavikulguru Kalidas University in Ramtek (MA in Kathak), Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Miraj (BA in Kathak), and a Diploma in Natya Shastra. In his 30 years of experience, he has been a lead performer at prestigious festivals of the Indian Classical Dance Fraternity, including the Khajuraho Festival.He performed at events for the Indian Army, the Air Force, the Maharashtra Police. He represented India at the International Silk Road Film Festival held in China, where he received accolades for the awe-inspiring act put up by his troupe. He also shared the stage with Pt. Birju Maharaj, the maestro of Kathak, at the International Film Festival of India and reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. He has received several accolades for his talent, including the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Kaala Samman Award.

Artists share their experiences

“It was an honor to perform Kathak under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj and team. So grateful for this opportunity when you find an audience of more than 2.5 lakh applauding you.”
Manita Gauba, 38
“It was like a dream to perform on that magnificent floating stage, in front of such a mammoth audience. I was a part of Cosmic Rythym - a yoga dance, at the World Culture Festival 2016. There were many hitches before going in for the finale. But, in the finale, it was perfect.”
Jayashree Prabhakar, 50
“We had started practicing ahead of the grand event. The entire Gujarat team was preparing for traditional Garba. It was a visual treat to see 1500 Garba dancers performing together. The performance was received with a standing ovation. I loved it.”
Ronak Pala, 32