India Cultural Center (ICC) Activities
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Activities at Indian Culture Centre
Indian Kathak Dance
Regular Kathak dance classes are conducted from Monday-Friday in the Embassy which are extremely popular among the local youths. The students of these classes are very talented and have also been to India to attend professional training in Indian classical dance under ICCR sponsored schemes.
Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from northern India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and Central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era. Presently, Ms. Mousumi Saha the Kathak Dance Teacher has been imparting Kathak dance training to Tajik national in Indian Embassy Culture Centre.
Regular Tabla classes are also being conducted by an India based Tabla teacher deputed by ICCR, from Monday-Friday. The tabla (or tabl, tabla) (Hindi) Urdu, Arabic is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music and in popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means "drum." Playing technique involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the mnemonic syllables (bol). The heel of the hand is used to apply pressure or in a sliding motion on the larger drum so that the pitch is changed during the sound's decay.
Other activities at ICC
Hindi Classes for Tajiks: There is a great deal of interest among Tajik youth to learn Hindi. The Indian Cultural Center conducts the 6-month Hindi Learning courses, both for Beginner and Advanced level, free of cost at the center. The medium of instruction for Hindi course is Tajik and Russian and students are divided into sections of 35-40. The Hindi classes are conducted twice a week and the duration of each class is one and half hours. The classes are conducted by three teachers of Hindi and Urdu Department of Tajik State National University. The current 15th batch of new session of Hindi classes has started on 18 March 2014. The total strength of the present course has gone up to 100. These are divided into five batches of Beginner and advanced courses. Embassy of India, Dushanbe also conducts Yoga classes and Indian vocal music classes at Indian Cultural Center premises for which local teachers are appointed from time to time.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs
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