Dance & Music
Northern Indian Music + Kathak Dance (Sanskrit: कथक)
Transform Through Creative Expression...
Traditional Indian Music and Dance both inspires and transforms the individual through unique sounds, instruments an movement that invoke deep feelings and allow for creative expression. At Pranic Traditions, we integrate aspects of music whether vocal or instrumental into all of our classes and workshops.
The Nāṭya Śāstra (Sanskrit: नाट्य शास्त्र, Nāṭyaśāstra) is a Sanskrit treatise on the performing arts. This ancient treatise is the underlying influence on all forms of dance, music and literary traditions in the Indian subcontinent. The aesthetic Rasa Theory asserts that the primary goal of the perfoamce arts is not that of entertainment even though this is an outcome of performance. Performance Arts are meant to transport the witness or audience into another parallel reality, full of wonder, where he experiences the essence of his own consciousness, and reflects on spiritual and moral questions.
Kathak is one of the eight main classical Indian dance forms originating in Northern India. Kathak is a beautiful display of intricate foot steps, mudras (hand postures), chakkars (spins) and body movement. This rhythmic form of dance is often accompanied by tabla, harmonium and sitar when performed live. Dancers wear ankle bells, called ghungroos, on their feet as they dance to complex rhythms and patterns. The greater the number of bells the more advanced the dancer. Kathak is a dance of devotion and love often portraying tales from the Vedic scriptures that are woven into the expression, movement and performance of the dance.
Enjoy expressing your inner being through this traditional, expressive form of dance combined with Hatha Yoga, Mudras (hand postures) and Pranayama Breathing techniques.
Workshops Coming Soon!
Hindustani classical singing is a beautiful style of Indian singing originating in Northern India. Classical singing is composed of various notes that are grouped according to the notes and melody, called Ragas. These different combinations of notes (ascending/descending) create a melodious tunes that are specific to a time of day. Bhajans and kirtans (devotional songs and chants) are sung during special occasions, holidays or everyday pujas (offerings of worship).
A harmonium is a musical instrument (similar to an accordion) that is played seated with varying scales. Much like a piano accompanies a vocalist, a harmonium does the same, enriching vocals and creating a unique sound that is soothing and energizing.
Many of our meditation classes feature specially chosen vocals, mantras and music that create an authentic and traditional experience.
All attendees to our classes and meditations are guided and encouraged to join in chanting and singing where possible.