Traditional Kathak Solo - a thriving tradition upheld
The traditional kathak solo is the hallmark of kathak dance. A true display of a dancer's training and skill in the four essential elements of Kathak: tayari (technical prowess), layakari (deep understanding of rhythm), khubsoorti (beauty), nazakat (subtlety and grace). In any format the audience is taken on a rich and thrilling journey with the dancer and any accompanying musicians. An exhilarating exchange of rhythm, music, and storytelling between the dancer, musicians, and audience.
Video highlights of a traditional kathak solo
Ensemble presentations and choreography are dynamic expressions of the various facets of kathak using nritta (pure dance), natyam (pure expression), and nritya (a combination of dance & expression). They are deeply rooted in the tradition of the lineage through Pandit Das' training and consist of original choreography and composition by Pandit Das as well as adaptations in the unique voice of the artists trained in this style. Ensemble repertoire includes:
A fantastically energetic piece featuring rapid and complex footwork, swift pirouettes (chakkars) in contrast with more subtle elements of beauty and grace.
Video highlight of Malkauns Tarana.
A dynamic display of rhythmic complexity, physical and mental stamina and endurance as well as while maintaining beauty and grace. Shabd is a critically acclaimed presentation featuring Pandit Das' groundbreaking technique of Kathak Yoga, a significant contribution in the field of kathak and beyond. Without musical accompaniment the dancer(s) layer singing and instrumentation on top of dance movement in this meditation in motion. A true challenge of the mind, body and spirit resulting in an undeniably elevated energy for all who experience and behold it.
Video highlight of Shabd.
Lecture Demonstrations - Master Classes - Workshops
Any of these formats offer a unique opportunity to EXPERIENCE kathak for any audience. Kathak is a highly interactive art. Beyond the performance element these formats offer a unique opportunity to interact through dialogue and movement - exchanging history, rhythm, counting, clapping, tapping, storytelling and more as they learn about the rich history of kathak, it's philosophies, and the sophisticated mathematics involved in the dance. Whether participating from their seats or standing up this is a meaningful and rich experience for any participant of any age, race and ability. Each presentation is tailored as appropriate for a given audience and setting.