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Rachna Agrawal

Rachna introduces students to the culture of India with dramatic Kathak Dance which is a North Indian classical dance which originated more than 2000 years ago as a temple dance. Explore the technical aspects of Kathak consisting of intensive footwork and a variety of spins. The main attraction of Kathak is the improvisation of complex metrical cross rhythms and syllables.

About the Artist

Rachna Agrawal is a dancer, singer, artist and published author. She holds a Masters in the Arts from her native India. Her dramatic programs have drawn praise from a variety of different audiences - universities, schools and community organizations.

Kathak Dance (Grades K-12)

Dramatic Kathak is a North Indian classical dance which originated more than 2000 years ago as a temple dance. Technical aspects of Kathak consist of intensive footwork and a variety of spins. The main attraction of Kathak is the improvisation of complex metrical cross rhythms and syllables.

Length: 45 minutes

Single Performance: $560
Back to Back Performances: $765

“A heart-felt thank you for your beautiful performance at the Russell Library. The audience was moved and mesmerized by your dancing and your description of your 45-year journey as a dancer. We received many appreciative comments after your visit.” -- Pat, Russell Library

Indian Dance and Culture Residency

In this four day residency students will learn how a nation’s art reflects its history and culture. The dance style of India that students will be learning is called “Kathak” and like many aspects of the cultural life of northern India, Kathak developed through various phases of Indian social and political history over 2000 years. Students will learn how dance creates and communicates meaning through body, facial and hand gestures. They will learn thinking skills such as aesthetic criteria for evaluating dance. Students will also write an explanatory text to convey ideas and concepts that they have learned during the Indian culture and dance workshop and how their understanding of Indian art has strengthened their global vision.

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