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Kathak Dance Workshop with Guru Mulla Afsar Khan

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Kathak is one of the main genres of ancient Indian classical dance and is traditionally regarded to have originated from the travelling bards of North India referred as Kathakars or storytellers.

Kathak is a diffuse tradition, of which different gharanas are well-known which place different relative emphasis between aspects of a Kathak performance such as the abhinaya, footwork and chakkars.

This workshop will introduce to the participants:

  1. Compositions from the different Gharanas of Kathak

  2. Expressing Taal and Lay through body movements

  3. Improvising on footwork


Mulla Afsar Khan
Born into a musical family in Pune, Mulla Afsar Khan was initiated into Kathak Dance at an early age by his father Guru Mulla Jafar Khan of the Banaras Gharana. After years of rigorous training under his father, Afsar Khan joined Kathak Kendra in New Delhi where he was under the tutelage of Guru Pt. Rajendra Gangani, an exponent of the Jaipur Gharana.

Performances, Choreographies and teaching
Afsar has an extensive range of teaching and performing experience around the world, a testament to both his talent and passion. A soloist in his own right, Afsar started performing at the age of five at the Guru Purnima Mahotsav in Pune. Since then he has performed extensively in India and abroad.

Uday Shankar Dance Festival (Delhi), Heritage Festival (Patiala), Konark Festival (Orissa), Kathak Mahotsav (Delhi, Jaipur), Vasant Mahotsav (Delhi), Hurda Festival (Aurangabad & Indore), Surya Festival (Trivandrum), Pune Festival, Taj Mahotsav (Agra), Rajasthan Diwas, Jhansi Mahotsav, the Ras-Rang festival (Lucknow) etc.

U.S.A (Fall for Dance, New York City Centre; Incredible India, Lincoln Centre New York; Asian-Alaskan Cultural Centre, Alaska), Australia (Perth International Art Festival), Moscow, Holland, Dubai, Germany, Belgium (Bozar Festival, Brussels) Spain, China, Japan, Polland, Libya, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh on I.C.C.R tours. He has also conducted workshops in India and abroad through Spic Macy, SNA, ICCR, SKP to name a few.


  • Common Wealth Games 2010; Queens Baton Relay (Opening Ceremony) and Closing Ceremony

  • Pravsiya Bharatiya Divas, Mauritius

  • Ashtaprahar, Mauritius

  • Pravasiya Bharatiya Divas, Singapore

  • Singapore‚Äôs First ever Kathak Manch-Pravesh

  • Shiv Shakti, Singapore

  • Shyam Lay, Singapore

  • Namami Devo, Singapore

Afsar has trained hundreds of students in India and Abroad with great dedication and is well known for the bond he shares with his students. He has presented his students in a variety of events including; Annual Student Nights (Uday Utsav, Pratibimb and Atma-Mantan) featuring more than 150 students; various Kathak Repertoires by students in a number of events including Kalavaibhavm, Indian Arts Festival, Indian High Commission events, Incredible India events etc.


Language: English
Quota: 20 (for HKUST staff members and students only)
Deposit: HKD50 (refundable after completion of workshop)


  1. Reserve a place
    - Submit the online registration form, please click HERE
    - you will receive a notification email from Center for the Arts afterwards 

  2. Pay the deposit (within 2 days after submitting the online registration)
    - present the notification email and pay the deposit at CFA office to confirm your place

    Center for the Arts
    Location: Rm 6401, Academic Building (via Lift no. 25 & 26)
    Opening hours:  Monday to Friday, except public holidays
    9:30am - 12:30pm, 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Presented by HKUST Center for Education Innovation and Center for the Arts