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Rejoice in Art

Ātmā Sansargaḥ

For building emotional awareness

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About the course

What will I learn

Ātmā Sansargaḥ, is a transformative dance experience divided into sessions that explore the ancient art of Rasabhava. Clients will learn techniques for emotional awareness and expressive communication through the fusion of Kathak dance footwork, rhythmic recitation, pirouettes, breathing exercises, and mindfulness. The offering aims to facilitate self-discovery, and stress relief through therapeutic dance movements. Participants will also develop choreography that authentically reflects their personal experiences, enhancing their emotional intelligence and confidence in movement expression.

Benefits of this course

In today's fast-paced world, individuals often struggle to express and process their emotions effectively. This offering provides a unique outlet for emotional release. It equips participants with essential communication skills, fostering better interpersonal relationships. Additionally, the practice of Kathak techniques and mindfulness can help reduce stress and enhance mental wellbeing.

Incorporating in my life

Participants should engage in the guided exercises, follow the dance movements, practice rhythmic recitation and breathing techniques, and explore mindfulness to connect with their emotions.

About the specialist

Dr. Parul Purohit Vats is a gifted performing artist and educator known for her expertise in the ancient Indian art form of Kathak. What sets her apart is her unique offering, "Ātmā Sansargaḥ," which delves into the profound expression of emotions through dance and creative movements, known as Rasabhava. Her speciality lies in seamlessly merging the therapeutic elements of dance with the cultural richness of Rasabhava. With a distinguished career as a Kathak danseuse, Guru, choreographer, drama instructor, and art administrator, Dr. Parul brings a wealth of experience to her offering. She embodies the epitome of Kathak, captivating audiences with her precise footwork, graceful pirouettes, and mesmerizing leaps. Her extensive background in overseeing educational establishments empowers her to create a nurturing environment for self-discovery and healing through conscious movement.

Online from
Gurgaon/ Jodhpur

Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

Natyashastra (2nd century BCE to 5th century CE)Context: A foundational treatise on the performing arts, authored by Bharata Muni, detailing dance, drama, and music.Content: It lays down the theoretical framework for dance and performance, including elements like bhava (emotion), rasa (aesthetic enjoyment), and tala (rhythm), which are crucial to Kathak. The text implicitly supports the wellbeing benefits of dance through the cultivation of emotional expression and physical discipline.

Abhinaya Darpana (by Nandikesvara, around 2nd century CE)Context: Focuses on the expressions (Abhinaya) used in dance and drama.Content: It outlines the importance of facial expressions, gestures, and postures in storytelling. Kathak, known for its expressive storytelling, aligns with these principles. The text suggests that engaging in such expressive practices can enhance emotional intelligence and personal expressiveness, contributing to overall wellbeing.

Modern research and publications

Research paper: Crafting fidelity; pedagogical creativity in Kathak dance

Main author: Monica Dalidowicz

Abstract: This study explores the pedagogical creativity in Kathak dance, highlighting how the tradition is adapted and changed through teaching innovations, particularly in the diaspora. It discusses the concept of 'Kathak yoga' as a pedagogical adaptation by Pandit Chitresh Das that incorporates improvisational work, demonstrating the creative processes in teaching and learning Kathak.

Research paper: A North Indian Classical Dance Form: Lucknow Kathak

Main author: Gina Lalli

Abstract: This article guides readers through the sections of a typical Kathak performance, exploring its themes and the integral relationship between the dancer and drummer. It delves into the dance form's historical roots in storytelling and its embodiment of the sacred and human loves of Krishna and Radha, illustrating Kathak's role as a theater art inspired by ancient stories and devotional love poetry.

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Dr. Parul Purohit Vats.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for intro session

Understand the importance of body language in expressing emotions and inner beauty

Practice a short breathing exercise to center yourself and prepare for the session

Practice & understand hand mudras that express different emotions followed by exaggerated facial expressions of various emotions and observe how different expressions feels in your body

Quick reflection on your experience

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the course for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this course in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online course
5 sessions
Duration of each session
45 mins
Course price

Session 1

Exploring Emotions
  • Explore the beauty and significance of emotions, followed by the introduction of four basic expressions and footwork
  • Learn five mudras, or hand gestures.Then, engage in a comprehensive practice session that includes footwork, facial expressions, and mudras

Session 2

Expressive Communication and Rhythmic Movement
  • Discuss the significance of expressive communication through movement
  • Learn the next five basic expressions and five mudras, along with their usage
  • Learn the rhythmic recitation in Kathak (Indian dance form) and enjoy creating short rhythmic phrases

Session 3

Breath Work and Mindful Movement
  • Commence with “Thaat”, a guided breath work exercises and centring movements
  • Learn pirouettes and their variations, along with a practice/performance movement sequence
  • Explore emotions through mindful movement to release negative emotions and also open up emotional knots

Session 4

Crafting Movement Sequences
  • Discuss personal experiences and their influence on movement while doing warm up
  • Craft a movement sequence based on your comfort and choices
  • Engage in combined practice, incorporating mudras, expressions, and movements

Session 5

Integration and Practice/Performance Routine
  • Practice the final movement sequence
  • Discuss integrating the program into daily life
  • Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions and clarify doubts
  • Conclude with a closing meditation and reflection

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Dr. Parul Purohit Vats

Renowned Kathak artist and educator

Course price
5 sessions • Weekly
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