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Rejoice in Art

Rasa Nritya Anubhava

For building emotional awareness

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About the course

What will I learn

In this offering, practitioners will observe, emulate, and move their bodies with deep involvement, and then learn to emote without inhibition. Yashoda's approach focuses on using dance as a means to explore one's inner self and connect movement with emotions. In the practice, the practitioner begins by building a solid foundation in rhythm, expression, and storytelling through dance. As they progress, Yashoda will gently lead them on an inward journey, encouraging them to explore their feelings and emotions.

Benefits of this course

Her course has the potential to promote emotional expression, self-awareness, and mindfulness through movement. By encouraging participants to observe and express emotions through dance, it can be a cathartic and liberating experience. This offering may help individuals develop a better connection with their bodies and emotions, leading to improved emotional wellbeing.

Incorporating in my life

Participants can set aside dedicated time for dance sessions. They should engage in various movements, paying attention to their body's responses and emotions. As they progress, they can incorporate reflective practices to delve deeper into their inner selves.

About the specialist

Yashoda Thakore is an accomplished Kuchipudi and Devadasi Nrityam artiste, renowned for her innovative classicism. She trained under prominent gurus like Padmasri Shoba Naidu and Vempati Chinnasaytam. Her thirst for learning and quest to explore the deeper potentialities of her dance led her to seek knowledge from the hereditary women dancers of the temple, court, and salon milieu in the Godavari Delta from the Kalavantulu community. She holds a Masters' in dance and a Doctoral degree in Yoga and Dance. Yashoda translated the 13th-century Sanskrit treatise on dance, NṛttaRatnāvali, into English and authored the book "Kaivalya-Joy in Yoga and Dance." She is currently a professor of dance and runs her institute, Rinda Saranya Kuchipudi Dance Academy, where she empowers her students with the nuances of Kuchipudi tradition and encourages research in dance.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

The Natya Shastra, attributed to sage Bharata Muni, is a Sanskrit treatise on the performing arts, dating back to a compilation between 200 BCE and 200 CE, providing comprehensive insights into the field.

Kuchipudi can positively impact wellbeing by improving physical fitness, offering emotional expression, enhancing mental focus, and boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Modern research & publications

Research paper: Looking at KuchipudiMain

Author: S. Chatterjee

Date of Publishing: 2003

Abstract: Provides an overview of the Kuchipudi dance tradition, its history, technique, and development. The narrative encapsulates the dance form's capability to express complex emotions and ideas through movement, hinting at its potential for emotional awareness..

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Dr. Yashoda Thakore.

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

Plan for the intro session

Get introduced to the significance of dance as a life lesson

Learn the basics of the dance form

Explore the idea of finding spirituality in movement, drawing parallels between specialist's perspective and your own beliefs

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

Pre-requisites for the intro session

Advised to wear comfortable clothing such as track pants and a t-shirt for ease of movement during the session

Ensure adequate space to move around comfortably

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
8 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Course price

Session 1

Introduction to Indian Dances
  • Overview of Indian dance traditions
  • Basic warm-up movements
  • Learn the first two dance movements

Session 2

Technique and Musical Integration
  • Learn the next two dance movements
  • Understanding the technique of Kuchipudi (Indian dance form)
  • Weaving the learned steps into your choice of music piece

Session 3

Expansion of Steps and Hand Gestures
  • Learning the Hasta Mudras (hand gestures) and their meanings
  • Learn four new dance movements

Session 4

Steps, Gestures, and Expression
  • Learn new dance movements
  • More hand gestures and their meanings
  • Expressing emotions to a small verse through dance

Session 5

Historical Context and Integration
  • Brief history of Kuchipudi (Indian dance form)
  • Continue learning hand gestures
  • Learn few new dance movements
  • Weaving the learned steps into a complete dance piece

Session 6

Bhakti/Sringara Concept and Song Integration
  • Discussion on the concept of Bhakti (devotion)/Sringara (artistic expression of beauty)
  • How it manifests in your body
  • Attempt to choreograph a dance piece to a song of your choice

Session 7

Advancing Steps and Sloka Learning
  • Further learning of advanced movements
  • Learn a sloka (verse)...Guru Brahma
  • Continue developing the dance piece with the chosen song

Session 8

Rasa Theory and Final Performance
  • Explanation of the Rasa (conveying emotional essence) theory in dance
  • Perform the complete dance piece, showcasing various Kuchipudi steps and expressions

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Conducted by

Dr. Yashoda Thakore

Acclaimed and Accomplished Kuchipudi Artist

Course price
8 sessions • Weekly
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