Lakshmi Pradeep, who has a degree in the classical dance form has been teaching Kathak dance for many years. Having more than 20+ years of experience in the field, the dance maestro got into this by accident but it turned out to be her passion. She now lives her passion and has successfully been spreading her knowledge to students through her institute 'Praroha'.
Talking About The Art Form
Kathak is one of the main genres of ancient Indian classical dance and is traditionally regarded to have originated from the traveling bards of North India referred as Kathakars or storytellers. She says the genre developed during the Bhakti movement, the trend of theistic devotion which evolved in medieval Hinduism. The Kathakars communicate stories through rhythmic foot movements, hand gestures, facial expressions and eye work as we were able to see her students perform for us. Guru Lakshmi says that Kathak has the perfect blending of both Hindu form and Mughal form and that makes it more attractive and unique for her.
Coming From A Non-Dancer Family
While talking to the dance maestro, who has learned her dance from greats like Guru Maya Rao, says she comes from a family of non-dancers. She began her journey with Kathak as a hobby. Her hobby of learning the dance form transformed into her lifelong passion. When she began to learn the dance form she fell in love with it and that triggered her to make this her career. Given the trend of engineers and doctors, it was a brave decision on her part to choose Kathak as a field of career and chose to follow her heart. She truly believes that doing what you love and what makes you happy is the ultimate happiness and dance is that ultimate happiness to her.
Her Students Feel The Same
Guru Lakshmi takes classes in different parts of Bangalore and takes pride in spreading the knowledge to interested students. Interacting with the students of her class Passion Connect learned that their Guru is a loved person and is someone who takes the personal interest in everyone during the sessions. Although her relationship with her students looked amazing, the Guru always encourages students to love what they do and do what they love, and if dance is something you like, you must do it with love and respect for the great art.
Fitness And Dance Go Hand In Hand
The institute takes special interest among its students and makes a point to promote yoga and urge its students to take it up. The institute also has yoga classes thrice a week. Now here is someone who truly cares about the ancient art form. Guruji feels that yoga contributes in perfecting the art form as it teaches one to control the breathing process.
The Journey Goes On
Guru Lakshmi recalls the journey so far and tells us that it all started in June 2008 and has been going on ever since. She has successfully been teaching many students all over Bangalore and the classes also involve kids. She has classes over the weekends and her students happily said that they look forward to the classes the most! Passion Connect feels proud to have presented someone who is truly passionate about classical dance form- Kathak and wishes her good luck. #LiveYourPassion