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[Dance Course] Indian Dance Course

 Indian Dance Course

  Dance Course Series – Season 3

  June 2 – August 18, every Friday, Zoom

  Punita Prakash Hirani

Course Description

The course covers Indian Folk Forms indigenous to the western, northern and southern parts of the country. There are 3 dance forms that will be taught over 4 sessions each. These are Garba, Ghoomar and Bhangda.  Each of these dances have a rich history of why, when and how they are performed. Many of these forms have been adapted to more popular forms in the Indian Film Industry (Bollywood) movies.

Participants will learn these different forms accompanied by authentic music and the contexts and current practices will be discussed.

* This course is part of Inspirees Dance Training Course series covering various dances around the world including African dance, Modern dance, Indian dance and other folk dances aiming at increasing the movement vocabulary of our students.


General Learning Outcomes

  1. Expand their movement repertoire to include rhythms and stylistic elements of each form
  2. Understand the difference in body, movements and use of space in each form.
  3. Be able to perform these forms as an individual and will get exposure of how they look like when done in a group form.


Course Content

3 dance forms will be taught over 4 sessions each. These are Garba – Folk Dance from Gujarat, Ghoomar – Folk Dance from Rajasthan and Bhangda – Folk Dance from Punjab.



Punita Prakash Hirani

Punita is proficient in various Indian folk dances. She has been winning Kalagurjari trophy for the best Garba and Raas for many years. She is the founder of Pranav Nritya, the organization profound for its work for authenticity, looks forward onto surfing the world and spreading the glimpse of traditional Indian art and culture through dance and music.

She has choreographed many well-known works and performed all over the world. Like SATHWARO SHRI RADHE SHYAM NO (2008), a musical dance extravaganza, through which she is spreading glimpses of life of Shri krishna and pure love of Radha. This show is appreciated throughout India and USA.

Another famous work which she choreographed is GARBO, a grand Video Album of the famous Indian artist Parthiv Gohil.

The word GARBO comes from the Sanskrit word for womb “Garbha” and so implies life. Traditionally, the dance is performed around a clay lantern with a light inside, called a Garbha Deep. This lantern represents the feminine form of divinity. Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time. The vessel itself is a symbol of the body, within whom Divinity resides as Garbha Deep. Garba is danced around this symbol to honor the fact that all humans have the Divine energy of Devi within them. In this modern age, this powerful meaning of the word GARBA has been lost somewhere. Through my song and its video, I want the audiences to reconnect with the power of divine Feminine. I want to re-invent the traditional Garba in a contemporary fashion and reach out to this generation across the world using this video.

Apply for this course

  • Time: June 2 – August 18, every Friday, 12pm – 1pm (CET), 11am – 12pm (GMT)
  • Place: Zoom
  • Fee: 200 euro; 160 euro (early bird before May 20), 130 euro (registered IACAET member)
  • Send email to to register

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