PT Shambhu Maharaj Kathak Academy
The fond memories of Pt. Shambhu Maharaj, the great exponent of Kathak is the inspirational force behind the establishment of the institute. In 1954 Pt. Shambhu Maharaj ji was invited to Delhi by Smt. Nirmala Joshi to impart knowledge in Lucknow Gharana of Kathak & in 1956 he received the Padma Shri Award by Dr. Rajendra Prasad ji. It is an endeavor to relive the dreams of Maharaj ji in bringing Kathak to a certain glorified pedestal. The institute ‘Pt. Shambhu Maharaj Kathak Academy is being set up in 1999 by ‘Dhwani’ promising to edify the cult of artistic education by imparting a sound knowledge of Indian Classical Dance, Music and Culture.
Courses Offered :
General Course & Certificate Course
General Course :For General Course minimum required age is 7yrs & minimum duration of the course would be 2yrs but there is no upper limit …… as in, if anybody is interested to just learn & wants to remain in the general course eternally, can remain. A flexible syllabus is designed as per the potential of the group. There is an annual assessment. This course is mainly designed for those prospects, who are keen to learn but do not want to go through the formal pressure of exams.
*Every fresher has to take admission under the General Course first.
Certificate Course : Certificate Course has three levels – Diploma , Vishaarad & Nipun
For every certificate course one has to qualify an ENTRANCE TEST, which is held twice a year – DECEMBER & MAY. The syllabus for that Entrance Test remains with the office. Students who want to opt for the Certificate Course, should collect the form preferably at the time of admission if not, surely after completion of the first year. A month prior to the exam the ward needs to fill a FORM , which will enable him / her to sit for the exam, failing which he/she will not be permitted to take the exam. One has the liberty to take the ENTRANCE TEST any number of times.
All the certificate courses follow proper syllabus & has annual examinations for both practical as well as theory. Experts from the various fields are invited to evaluate. Each student is given a platform (solo) after the completion of each certificate course
Students who complete Nipun may be offered a place in the Dhwani Repertory.