A unique double online training course will be held in March and April for all lovers of Indian music and dance. The level is open to all, and includes two modules of theory and practice based on the rhythm of the Tabla with the renowned musician Francesco Gherardi, and of kathak dance with the dancer and choreographer Valentina Manduchi.

In India the study of rhythm is a fundamental component for all those who intend to approach classical Indian dance, it is taught since childhood in parallel with the dance steps. Even before the melodic instruments and their relationship with the stories that are narrated with song and body movement, the rhythm (Taala) is the guide that allows dancers to connect with the music, with the surrounding space, with the mental and physical memory, and to live with joy and serenity the dance movement on stage and the storytelling, expressing both strength, confidence but also sweetness and elegance.

Enjoy this documentary on the history of kathak

In kathak this enormous potential of rhythm is brought to its maximum through the use of the feet as real percussion instruments, and thus a magnificent relationship is established, almost a fun challenge between the percussion and the dancing body: unison, hit and response that raise energy to very high and truly captivating levels. The rotations, also linked to a rhythmic flow, are the expression of a wonderful synergy between concentration, space management and elegance of movement, simply mesmerizing for those who use them.

Kathak dance is an ancient and classic Indian dance style that originates from the north of India and spans various eras, from ancient times to the Middle Ages, spreading in the Mughal courts, up to the colonial period and to the present day. Kathak is in fact an Indian dance and musical genre originating from Uttar Pradesh. This style is characterized by fun footwork, graceful hand movements and a unique facial expression.

Watch this documentary to see the other forms of Indian Classical Dance Forms

“Kathak derives from Katha which means history, therefore it is a dance through which religious, epic stories are told, connected to the myths of India. During the Mughal period this sacred element was enriched with romantic and hedonistic elements expressed by the poems in the Urdu language. The technique of Kathak dance is reminiscent of that of flamenco of which it is said to be the true origin. In fact the Tatkar work, or footwork in kathak, resembles the zapateado of flamenco.

The pirouettes, the graceful movements, and the abhinaya (expressiveness entrusted to facial and eye mimicry) make this dance one of the most fascinating in the world, characterized by the rhythmic aspect of the work of the feet amplified by the use of the ghongroo ( anklets) of the dancer.

The Kathak dancer is constantly looking for a balance between the power, the vigor of the Masculine (Shiva Tandav), the excellence of the Harmonic Feminine movement (Shakti Lasya) – This dance, perhaps more than all other Indian classical dances, has influenced popular Hindi-language cinematography.

As you can see from some examples that we leave you, the great divas of yesterday and today, from Vijayantimala to Madhuri, have interpreted mujre (a type of court dance, influenced by kathak) choreographed by great choreographers such as Birju Maharaji, Kumudini Lakhia or Gopi Krsna.


The course will start in telematic streaming mode via the zoom platform. All lessons will be recorded and at the end of the course there will be handouts and a certificate of participation.

The dates will be as follows:

-21 March -27 March -28 March -10th April -April 11th -17 April -18 April -24 April


Valentina Manduchi, dancer of Indian dances, classical and Bollywood style, art director of the Apsaras Dance group, teacher, choreographer, a rich curriculum of studies, experiences and travels. A traveling dancer who wants to know culture and customs to get the best out of the spirit of what she wants to interpret while dancing.

Francesco Gherardi, concert artist, performs in Tabla Solo performances and accompaniment of Indian classical music in various ensembles in Italy, France, Spain, Russia, India, also making use of other percussion instruments from other cultures (Africa and Middle East). It has been accompanying the North Indian Kathak dance for several years.

The cost is 125 euros per module, which can be divided into installments.

To register, a deposit must be paid. Info, conventions, costs and methods of participation:

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