2019 Admissions open to Kathak dance and Music courses at Kendra New Delhi


Want to pursue a career as a Kathak dancer or a musician accompanist to dance? Want to know the fees of Kathak dance training programs in India? Kathak Kendra, New Delhi has announced admissions 2019 for its foundation and Advance training courses of Kathak Dance as well as Music courses. This article provides complete about the courses, the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, fees and the application process.

Introduction

Kathak Kendra, New Delhi invites applications in the prescribed format from students keen to pursue Kathak dance and Music training courses at the institute. There are full-time courses and refresher courses in Kathak dance, and Diploma courses and Special courses in music. Eligible students who are enrolled in any of the courses are not permitted to work on a short time or long term basis outside the Kendra. For example, you cannot take up a stint as a choreographer or take up work as a musician. All activities will only be ones which are scheduled and led by the Guru of the course for which you are enrolled and which the Guru may consider useful for the training with the prior approval of the Institute's Director. Students should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility requirements before applying and have proficiency in reading and writing Hindi or English with overall good physical and mental health. For each course, a half-yearly exam is held in December and the annual final exam is scheduled in the first and second weeks of May.

Foreign nationals whose age is below 40 years and who have a minimum of three years of training in Kathak dance/music are also welcome to apply for any of the courses. They need to apply through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, which is located at Azad Bhavan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002. Direct applications from foreign nationals will not be accepted.

Kathak Kendra Delhi Admissions 2019 notification
[Image source: Hindustan Times Advt., 1st June 2019, page 18.]

Kathak Dance courses

Those who are enrolled for these courses cannot take up any other dance training in any form outside the Kendra.

Advance courses

These are full-time courses which include daily dance classes as well as regular classes in allied subjects conducted between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on the second Saturday). Seminars and workshops, as well as trips, are scheduled from time to time.

Diploma (Hons.) Course - First year

This course is of three years' duration. It is desirable to have training or experience in Hindustani Vocal music, Tabla or Pakhawaj with experience or interest in any other creative discipline such as Literature, Theatre, Visual arts, etc.
Eligibility:
  1. Age criteria: 18 to 23 years, as on 1st June 2019.
  2. Educational Qualification: Secondary School Certificate. Also, you should have successfully completed Diploma (Pass) Course from Kathak Kendra or its equivalent training.
  3. Communication skills: You should be able to read, write and have conversations in Hindi or English appropriate to your age.
  4. Training skills: You should be able to perform movements of Kathak and demonstrate Vandana, Teental, Jhaptal and Dhamaar, and Thumri, know the definitions of all technical terms, have knowledge of the evolution of Kathak, etc. (Refer to the official brochure for full details).


Post Diploma Course - First year

This course is of two years' duration. Interest and/or experience in any other related discipline such as theatre, literature or visual arts is desirable.
Eligibility:
  1. Age criteria: 20 to 26 years, as on 1st June 2019.
  2. Educational Qualification: Senior Secondary school certificate or an equivalent exam. Additionally, you should have completed Diploma (Hons.) from Kathak Kendra or have equivalent training (including training in Tabla/ Pakhawaj, Hindustani Shastriya Gayan and have a broad theoretical understanding of Kathak and related aspects).
  3. Training: Same as for the Diploma (Hons.) course mentioned above + you should have complete knowledge of the Taal concept in Indian music, eight classical dance forms of India performance level skills in Kathak's repertoire, practical knowledge of Tabla and vocal music, etc. (Refer to the official brochure for full details).


Refresher course

The duration of this course is two terms, with six months in each term. Classes for the course are held on six days a week (except on the second Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 80% attendance is mandatory. The trainee is expected to participate in the production work of the Kendra, to watch classes, and to join practical classes.
Eligibility:
  1. Age criteria: below 40 years as on 1st June 2019.
  2. Educational Qualification: You should have successfully completed Diploma (Hons.) Course/Post Diploma Course from Kathak Kendra and desirous of teaching Kathak or are a Dance teacher in a school/dance institution.
  3. Communication skills: You should be able to read and write and converse in Hindi or English.




Elementary Courses

Foundation Course

The duration of this course is 5 years. Those who wish to enroll in this course should preferably have some prior exposure to Kathak training. You should have an above average sense of rhythm and music and be able to convey it through facial expressions and body movement.
Eligibility:
  1. Age: 10 to 15 years as on 1st June 2019.
  2. Educational qualification: Should have completed class 3 and be in the continuing school education system.
  3. Language and Communication skills: You should be able to read and write and converse in Hindi or English as appropriate for your age.


Diploma (Pass) Course - First Year

The duration of this course is three years. A keen interest in any art form, such as dance, theatre, visual arts, music, etc is desirable.
Eligibility:
  1. Age: 15 to 20 years, as on 1st June 2019.
  2. Educational qualification: Should have completed class 9.
  3. Language and Communication skills: You should be able to read and write and converse in Hindi or English as appropriate for your age.
  4. Training: You should have basic knowledge of various classical dance forms of India, be able to recite and dance all Nritta and rhythm-based musical compositions on Theka, etc (Refer to the official brochure for full details).


Music courses

Classes for these courses are held on six days a week (except on the second Saturday) between 12 noon to 5 p.m.

One-year Certificate Course (Tabla/Pakhawaj)

This course is for students having basic talent with an aptitude for playing percussion instruments, with sensitivity to rhythms.
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age: 14 to 17 years, as on 1st June 2019.
  • Educational qualification: You should have completed class 6.
  • Language and Communication skills: You should have reading, writing and communication skills as per your age.


Diploma Course (Tabla/Pakhawaj) – First year

This course is of 5 years' duration.
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age: 15 to 20 years, as on 1st June 2019.
  • Educational qualification: You should have completed Class 8.
  • Language and Communication skills: You should have reading, writing and communication skills as per your age.


Special Course in Vocal Music - First year

This course of three years is ideal for those with a good grounding in vocal music. The classes are held on six days a week between 12 noon and 5 p.m., except on the second Saturday of each month.
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age criteria: 18 to 30 years, as on 1st June 2019.
  • Educational qualification: You should have a Senior Secondary school certificate or equivalent exam certificate.


Dance Course Fees

  1. Foundation course: Rs. 300/- p.m.
  2. Diploma (Pass) course: Rs. 350/- p.m.
  3. Preparatory phase and Diploma (Honours): Rs. 400/- p.m.
  4. Post Diploma: Rs. 500/- p.m.
  5. Refresher Course: Rs. 1000/- p.m.
  6. For ICCR Scholarship holder: Rs. 5000/- per month.


Music Course Fees

  1. Certificate Course: Rs. 300/- p.m.
  2. Diploma Course (Tabla/Pakhawaj): Rs. 500/- p.m.
  3. Special Course in Vocal Music: Rs. 1000/- p.m.

Note: Above fees are to be paid on a 6-monthly basis, in July and January till the 10th of that month.

Admission charges

  1. Admission Fee: Rs. 300/- at the time of admission.
  2. Security Deposit (this will be refunded in case of no dues): Rs. 1000/- at the time of admission.
  3. Library Charges (this is non-refundable): Rs. 500/- at the time of admission.


Exam fees

The following exam fees must be deposited at the beginning of the session, in July.
  1. Foundation - 1st to 4th Year: Rs. 100/- .
  2. Foundation -5th Year / Diploma (Pass) - 1st to 3rd Year: Rs. 200/- .
  3. Preparatory Phase (for Diploma course only): Rs. 300/-.
  4. Diploma (Hons.) - 1st & 2nd Year / Post Diploma - 1st Year: Rs. 300/-.
  5. Diploma (Hons.) –3rd Year / Post Diploma –2nd Year: Rs. 500/-.
  6. Certificate Course (Tabla / Pakhawaj): Rs. 100/- .
  7. Diploma Course (Tabla / Pakhawaj): Rs. 500/-.
  8. Special Course in Vocal Music: Rs. 500/-.


Important note: Payment of fees in case will not be accepted. All payments are to be made through cheque payable to "Director, Kathak Kendra". An amount of Rs.500/- (Rupees Five Hundred only) will be charged for dishonored cheques.

Freeships

Students who are awarded a Freeship for a course are exempt from paying the Tuition Fees. You are eligible to apply for the Freeship if your parents' or guardians' total monthly income is below or up to Rs.8,000/-. You will need to submit an income statement certified by an S.D.M. as supporting documentary proof of income. Note that if you fail to qualify in the half-yearly or annual exam, then you will no longer be eligible to avail the facility of Freeship. Further, stipends, freeships, and scholarships will be reviewed each year.

Scholarships and Stipends

Scholarships and stipends are offered to the students in various courses, provided they fulfill the required attendance criteria and are not receiving any scholarship from another source (they can select, though, between the two).
  1. Foundation Course-5th Year Scholarship of Rs.500/- p.m. to top four students on the basis of last exam result.
  2. Diploma (Pass) Course-3rd Year Scholarship of Rs.500/- p.m. to top four students on the basis of last exam result.
  3. Diploma (Hons.) Course -1st Year Stipend of Rs.500/- p.m. to all students.
  4. Diploma (Hons.) Course -2nd Year Stipend of Rs.500/- p.m. to all students and also a scholarship of Rs.1500/- to the top three students on the basis of the last exam result.
  5. Diploma (Hons.) Course -3rd Year Stipend of Rs.500/- p.m. to all students and also a scholarship of Rs.2000/- to the top three students on the basis of the last exam result.
  6. Post Diploma Course-1st Year Stipend of Rs.700/- p.m. to all students.
  7. Post Diploma Course – 2nd Year Stipend of Rs.700/- p.m. to all students and a Scholarship of Rs. 2500/- p.m. to top two students on the basis of last exam result, in addition to the stipend.


Additionally, the hostel facility/rent subsidy for Boarding will be offered to outstation students of all the Advanced Courses. The details for this can be obtained at the time of admission.

How to apply

The prospectus for admission along with the application form is available online at: Kathak Kendra website. Alternatively, you can collect the prospectus and application form on payment of Rs.60/- at Kathak Kendra, 1, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021 from 6th June 2019 to 22nd June 2019, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all working days.

Fill in the application form in the prescribed format and submit it to:
The Director, Kathak Kendra,
2, San Martin Marg,
Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi – 110021
The application should be submitted along with a Demand Draft of Rs.200/- in favor of 'Director, Kathak Kendra' payable at New Delhi.

Last date of receipt of application: 24th June 2019 till 5 p.m.

Selection process

Once all the applications are checked, the eligible candidates will be called for a pre-admission test as per the new admission schedule listed below. The results will be displayed on the notice board of the Kendra as well as at the official website. Those eligible based on the results will get admission the appropriate training course based on merit and availability of seats. Those selected for admission must complete all admission-related formalities by 18th July 2019 for advanced courses.



Admission Test schedule

For Dance Courses

  1. Elementary Courses -
    (i) 5 - Year Foundation Course - 1st Year and (ii) 3 - Year Diploma (Pass) Course – 1st Year: 4th, 5th, and 6th July 2019.
  2. Advanced Courses -
    (i) Preparatory phase (for Diploma course only); (ii) 3 - Year Diploma (Hons) Course – 1st Year; (iii) 2-year Post Diploma Course – 1st Year; (iv) Refresher Course: 8th and 9th July 2019.

Results date: 10th July 2019.
Submission of fees and to complete all formalities: 11th, 12th, and 13th July 2019.
Classes begin: 15th July 2019.

For Music Courses

(i) 1-Year Certificate Course (Tabla/Pakhawaj); (ii) 5-Year Diploma Course(Tabla/Pakhawaj)–1st Year; ( iii) 3-Year Special Course in Vocal Music – 1st Year: 10th and 11th July 2019.

Results date: 15th July 2019.
Submission of fees and to complete all formalities: 16th, 17th, and 18th July 2019.
Classes begin: 18th July 2019.

Contact information

For any enquiry Ph: 011-26874251/52/53/54/55.
Address:
Kathak Kendra, National Institute of Kathak Dance
2, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, near Jesus & Mary College and British School,
New Delhi – 110021.
Email: acad.kathakkendra@gmail.com.
For Admission details and Prospectus visit: http://kathakkendra.org/.


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