We left from school at 9:00am and the teachers Miss Archana and Miss Veena accompanied us. We travelled to Eartha Art and Heritage Academy. We went inside and met the teacher Miss Roopa. We started the day with a 'pooja' (prayer to Lord Nataraja, the God of dance). We do it to seek His blessings and give our respect and also to give us the physical and mental strength to perform the dance.
After we finished the prayer, we introduced ourselves and told about the different dance forms we know. Then we started practicing Kathak. First we did the 'namaskar' in the dance form to worship god before the dance routine or practice. We did some basic steps and learned how to do spins.
I found that a little difficult, but for some students it was kind of easy.
The teacher then told us to prepare a solo dance. I was so nervous but some of them just did some random steps. Some students enacted a story and it looked cool. After we finished with the solos, we split into two groups practicing Kathak and Bollywood. We then put it together in a dance routine which consisted of steps and movements depicting an elephant.
After that we took a break for a little while and then the teacher talked to us about the history of Kathak, the British influences, and the revival of the dance form, post independence. Before it was time to leave she showed us some steps with the feet and some hand movements. After thanking
Ms. Roopa for teaching us so patiently, we went back to school.
Overall Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, was actually not bad or boring. It was fun and interesting as we learned the basics. I think everyone enjoyed the day. I really feel our CIS contextual learning is that unique tool which gives us students various opportunities to learn varied new things in our student life. Thank you CIS!