Kathak kaleidoscope presented in London

Tuesday 29th March 2016 07:42 EDT

A delightful Kathak showcase by about 30 students of Ashwini Kalsekar was presented at Watermans Art Theatre recently. The performance began with a presentation by very young performers and concluded with an exquisite dance on Shiva called Rudra, a choreographic piece presented by 3 senior artistes Parbati Choudhary, Nisha Radia and Vincent D. More than 200 audiences have attended the programme.

The dance presentation started with a Bandish by 10 young children aged between 6-8 years, symbolic of Guru Sishya Parampara, and a Ganesha composition set by singer Prachi Ranade. This was followed by Teen Taal. The presentation continued with a melodious Tarana, syllables of which were originally invented by Amir Khusro and the bhajan Gaiye Ganpati Gaj Vandana of Tulsidas interspersed with Tukdas. Later in the evening, dance on another bhajan Jai Ganesha Gannath was presented. The most interesting piece presented was Jhaptaal, a 10 beat cycle and an intricate composition by renowned Guru Rekha Nadgauda. Ginti, the presentation of different patterns and different numbers, a gift by revered Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj to the Kathak world has captivated the attendees. Impressive choreographic presentation Rudra, a devotional tribute to Shiva, formed the climax of the recital, which included Tarana in 11 beats and Taandav.

Ashwini is a celebrated artiste who is famed for Krishna Priya musical composed by legendary Anup Jalota. Kaleidoscope is Ashwini’s venture that encourages children to take to stage and exhibit their talents.  

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