Kathak ki Khanak
September 8 - 30, 2012
Tour of USA & Canada
August 11, 2012
NADAM from Bangalore, India, tours the USA and CANADA this fall with KATHAK KI KHANAK, an exquisite evening featuring pure Kathak.
Kathak draws its origins from the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakārs, or story tellers. They performed in village squares and temple courtyards, mostly specialized in unfolding mythological episodes from the scriptures, and embellished their recitals with hand gestures and facial expressions, using instrumental and vocal music. With the advent of Mughals, Kathak was taken to courts called durbars to please the patrons. The Kathakārs worked at refining its dramatic and rhythmic aspects, delighting elite audiences with their mastery over rhythm and stylized mime.
NADAM with its 10 member team of dancers, endeavours to render the experience of the mystic of Kathak in the durbars and temples crafting the atypical ambience of yesteryears clubbed with today’s evolution in the art while maintaining the tradition in its intrinsic form.
Sept 8: Houston, TX
Sept 9: Phoenix, AZ
Sept 15: Edmonton, Canada
Sept 16: Sampradaya Dance Centre, 5-3250 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, ON, 6pm
Tickets: $20 - $25
To purchase tickets, contact the Sampradaya office @ 905.607.8434
Sept 22, 23: Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 29: NYC
Sept 30: DC
For shows or workshops, contact email@example.com or +91 9880201608
KATHAK KI KHANAK PROGRAM
Introduction to Kathak ki Khanak – Making of Khanak
Screening of a short film –Making of Khanak and the grandeur of Kathak over the last five decades
An invocatory piece in obeisance to the elephant headed God, Ganesha, the destroyer of evil. This fast paced piece is performed by the entire ensemble.
Depicting the splendour of The Lord of Dance, Shiva known as Natraja, this piece describes the various attributes of Maheshwara.
A pure technique piece set to a time cycle of 16 beats. The artist arrives at the first beat of the time cycle with a flourish for every segment of permutations and combinations of percussion. The piece is packed in three different speeds and has vigorous foot work, quick pirouettes, grace and vivacity.
Krishna Nee Begane Baro
The pranks of little Krishna manifest in this traditional piece, showing the parents of Krishna enjoying the experience of looking for the little prankster. Each of them competing with the other in an attempt to grab little Krishna’s attention.
The visual imagery highlights the burst of the clouds accompanied with the rejoicing peacocks, the singing cuckoos, the love in the air, the smell of the earth on the first rain, the thunder and lightning,
Rusli Radha, Rusla Madhav
A Marathi Abhang set to the ghazal style of rendition. This episode relates to a small fight between Radha and Krishna leading to their sour moods and the impact it has on entire Gokul.
A befitting finale to the Kathak repertoire. A lyrical tarana set to Teen Taal in Raag Kalavati. The entire NADAM ensemble presents this final piece embellished with rhythmic permutations in footwork and fast pirouettes.
ABOUT THE ARTISTES
K Murali Mohan has created ripples in art circles for his prowess in Kathak. He is a disciple of Guru Dharmashi Shah, Kumudini Lakhia, Pt. Arjun Mishra. Murali has to his credit, a Bachelor’s degree in music and Visharad in Kathak from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, is also well-versed in the folk forms of India. Murali is a recipient of the Central Government Scholarship for Kathak from the Department of Culture, New Delhi. He has been awarded the title Guna Nidhi, Nrutya Nipuna, Natyashree and received Uday Shankar award for his contribution to Kathak. Besides Switzerland, France and Canada, he has been touring the US since 1999, and had been invited first time by Rangoli Dance Company, California. Currently, he is Vice President for Learning & Development at ABB in India.
Nandini K Mehta, an established Kathak exponent is the senior disciple of Guru Maya Rao, Maulik Shah & Ishira Parikh. She hails from a family of musicians. She learnt Bharatanatyam from Gurus US Krishna Rao, Narmada, Bhanumati and Bragha Bessel. She is a recipient of the Central Government Scholarship for Kathak from the Department of Culture, New Delhi. She has been awarded the title Guna Nidhi, Nrutya Nipuna, Natyashree for her contribution to Kathak. She has also received the Kala Arathi award and done her Diploma in Choreography. She has toured the US, Middle East, Switzerland, France for performances and is presently teaching French to undergraduates in the University in Bangalore.
Tushar Bhatt is a Kathak dancer and disciple of Guru Dharmashi Shah in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. He is a graduate in Kathak from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidhyalay Mandal, Mumbai. He is an auditioned artist for Bangalore Doordarshan. His performances outside India have been extensive and have taken him to Switzerland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Middle East, US, Canada, South Africa. Tushar is also one of the most sought after fashion and costume designer in India.
Smitha Srinivasan has been learning under the tutelage of Nandini K Mehta and K Murali Mohan at NADAM since 1999. She has emerged as a solo dancer and teacher, is the lead company dancer and has performed widely in cities across India, US & Europe. She is an auditioned artist of National TV in India and is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Arpita Banerjee has trained in Kathak under Bandana Sen and is presently training with K Murali Mohan. She has been the recipient of Nehru Scholarship, and won first place in Kathak even as a child aged 11. She has been with NADAM since 2007. She is an auditioned artist of National TV in India and is empanelled with the ICCR.
Mitha Vinay is a Commerce Graduate and is currently pursuing ICWA. She has been with NADAM since the past decade and is also a teaching assistant at NADAM. She has been learning Kathak from Nandini K Mehta and K Murali Mohan. She is presently based out of Hyderabad and travels frequently with the NADAM ensemble for performances.
Samanvitha Sharma has been receiving tutelage in Kathak under the Nandini K Mehta and K Murali Mohan. She had learnt Bharatanatyam under Bhavani Ramnath. She is also a Hindustani vocalist and is a playback singer in the Kannada film Industry.
Poorna Acharya is learning Kathak under K Murali Mohan and Nandini Mehta at NADAM. She is currently training as a solo dancer and has been a part of the NADAM dance company for over 5 years. She has danced in Konark Festival, Kala-Nadam 2009 & 2010, Mysore Dussera, Purandara Utsava, Hampi. She has completed her Senior Dance Degree at Bangalore University and has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and a Diploma in Travel and Tourism.
Chandana Ramesh is a company dancer of NADAM and has been learning Kathak since 5 years from Nandini Mehta. Chandana is adept in the folk dances of India and is a trained belly dancer. She is presently an educationist and also teaches younger students at NADAM.
Pooja Sharma started her formal training in Kathak at the age of 12 under Malati Shyam of Lucknow Gharana, completing a 3 years foundation course in Kathak in Kathak Kendra, Delhi. She advanced her dance training under the able tutelage of Guru Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana, Kathak Kendra, Delhi, since past 8 years. She is currently performing with NADAM.