This workshop is designed for the purpose of teaching the basics of Bharatanatyam to the participants. Bharatanatyam is a part and parcel of the Indian culture today. Its roots extend all the way to pre-colonial India (pre-nineteenth-century period) when dance was used as a medium of entertainment, celebrate relationships, show devotion towards gods and so on. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to understand the complex language of Bharatanatyam a bit better and will be able to appreciate the dance form in depth. The participants will also be handed worksheets and other supporting material for their reference.

About the facilitator

Niharika Kasturi is a dancer, teacher, researcher and entrepreneur. She is a disciple of Guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar and has trained in Bharatanatyam for twelve years. As part of the Abhinaya Aradhana Dance School, Niharika has performed on various occasions as part of her Guru’s entourage. She has completed her Masters in Dance Research from the University of Chichester where she conducted research on the role of Gender in Bharatanatyam. She has also conducted research on understanding the relationship between culture and dance in the Indian subcontinent. She is presently working as a Faculty of Performing Arts in Shiv Nadar School where she teaches Creative Movement.


Two days:

  • Members £40
  • Non-Members £60

One day:

  • Members £25
  • Non-Members £35

Please note, if there are not enough people booked onto the workshop by the end of October, the workshop may be cancelled and money will be refunded. 

What to expect in morning one workshop

Introduction to the language of Bharatanatyam.

We will explore the different tools used in the Bharatanatyam form. The workshop will be divided into two parts; part one will be an introduction to Bharatanatyam, the cultural setting around the form and a slight reading on the role of mudras; part two will be exploring the form and its language in depth. You will be asked to come up with your own story for the next day’s workshop.

What to expect in morning two workshop

You will create your own story using the gestures learnt the previous morning.

We will revisit the gestures we learnt the previous day. The workshop is divided into two parts. In the first half, you will be given separate sheets of paper describing how gestures are used to derive meaning out of a performance. You will be given an impromptu story around which you will have to create a performance using gestures and abhinaya. The second half will involve working with the different mudras and choreographing your own story.

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Date(s) - Thursday 21 November, 2019 - Friday 22 November, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm

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