(Last Updated on : 23/05/2009)
India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music, also known as IIIKDM is the famous institute of performing arts founded and directed by young Kathak exponent, performer and educator Shweta Garg. India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music is probably the largest Kathak Institute that deals with Jaipur Gharana Style of Kathak Dance.
Within few years of history, India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music has earned a huge status and name to its credit. IIIKDM has been successfully preserving and promoting ancient north Indian classical form of dance with highest possible efforts, keeping the original dance forms intact within India and abroad as well. At present, the institute has only one branch that is located at Mansarovar in Jaipur. The institution is works under the able supervision of Dr.Ashok Gupta former Rotary District Governor and director of the India International institutes network which includes many noteworthy houses and organisations in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music offers three different courses for Kathak dance. In the degree course, the enrolled students are aspirants of learning Kathak dance only through out the year. The complete course is divided in eight years syllabus from prathama (first year) to nipuna (Master). Eight years complete course is further sub divided in four major parts namely Prathama (Preliminary), Madhyama (Middle), Visharad (Bachelor) and Nipuna (Masters). In the Prathama stage, tatkar (basic steps) are taught that include basic hand movements, Salami, chakkar, amada, gat nikas, trital, that, Jhap Tal and practice of padant. In the stage of Madhyama, Trital (tatkar, parans, thata, amads, gat nikas and bhav), Jhap tal (Thata, tukdas and Paran) and Dhamar (tatkar, salami, amads and chakkar dar Paran) are taught to the students.
The next stage of the dancer comes to be Visharad, where trital (primlu, tatkar in tigun and chougun layas, parans, gats), Dhamar (Amad, paran, tukdas, tihais), Chautal (tatkar in fast layas Salami, chakkardar Paran, amads, tukdas, and padant) are extensively taught. Nipuna is the final stage of learning, where Trital (advance amads, parans, tukdas, Kavitts or Chhands, primlu) Tatkar up to Solahguna Kramalaya along with jati and layabant, complete knowledge of Tals, perfection of bhav chals, able to deliver boles in live performance with perfection, are instilled within the students. After Nipuna it is assumed that student is ready to perform on stage and prepared to take up teaching assignments as well. Thus a complete course in India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music is quite a comprehensive one, including every aspect required to be a proficient Kathak performer.
Short courses are also provided in India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music. These courses are scheduled depending on the requirement of the student. For a new student only the basics of Kathak dance are taught and the syllabus depends on the duration for which the admission has been given. Provisions for foreign students are also available in India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music. In this special course, the institute offers continuous classes to the students for the entire period of his/her stay in IIIKDM. Besides, dance lessons, the student is also imparted knowledge on historical back ground of the particular dance style. Folk Dances are being taught regularly only to degree course students and also those who specifically want to learn folk dance.
The teaching imparted in India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music is based on the belief that Kathak dance not only purifies but also enables the natural human nature to express feelings physically. During the dance practices, the combination of vocal and instrumental rhythms are played that compliment each other.
The team of India International Institute of Kathak Dance and Music are expert in not only nuances of the Kathak art but also Indian culture and tradition. They have uplifted the art to a zenith of admiration and applaud both in India and foreign lands.