Under the Artistic and Creative Direction of Pali Chandra
Workshop 1
Dates: 31st March – 2nd April
Venue: Pearl Residence, Burdubai
A) Juniors (Age: 5 – 15 years)
Thursday – 31st March 2011: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday – 1st April 2011: 10 am – 1 pm
Saturday – 2nd April 2011: 10 am – 1 pm
Programme: Temple to Courts
This workshop aims to educate and enlighten participants on the origin of the dance form of Kathak, its
historical roots and the movement of this art form from the Hindu Temple to the Moghul Courts and
beyond. This will enable each one of the participant to familiarize oneself with the dance form from a
technique and a choreography perspective. An exciting manifold of Kathak is witnessed in its most intensive
format. Innovative and Stylised techniques of this era is the focus in this workshop.
B) Seniors (Age: 16 + years)
Thursday – 31st March 2011: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday – 1st April 2011: 1pm – 4 pm
Saturday – 2nd April 2011: 1pm – 4 pm
Programme: Courts to Contemporary
The courts and the temples gave rise to several different aspects of Kathak. Whilst temples showcasing its
mythological stories created an enriching and artistic outlook to Kathak, the court dance also shaped itself
into fine expressions and newer dimensions of the dance form. We work on the period when Mughal Kathak
moves towards Contemporary Kathak in the influence of the British Raaj. Extensive work on the technique
and choreography aspects are given emphasis
Workshop 2
Dates: 7th April – 9th April
Venue: Pearl Residence, Burdubai
A) Juniors (Age: 5 – 15 years)
Thursday – 7th April 2011: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday – 8th April 2011: 10 am – 1 pm
Saturday – 9th April 2011: 10 am – 1 pm
Programme: ‘Katha Kahey so Kathak’ – ‘One who tells a story is a Kathak’. In this workshop, we understand
and enlighten ourselves in the origin of Kathak as to story-telling in the melas of the villages. Folk culture in
its vibrant colours covering technical aspects of story-telling. This will be demonstrated through rhythmic
pattern of kathak movements. The narrative aspect of story-telling through Kavit, Krishna lores – Makhan
Chori, Panghat, Rasalila etc will be illustrated and performed.
B) Seniors (Age: 16 + years)
Thursday – 7th April 2011: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday – 8th April 2011: 1pm – 4 pm
Saturday – 9th April 2011: 1pm – 4 pm
Programme : Sufiana Kathak
As Kathak progresses from temple to courts to contemporary and stylised forms of story-telling, a new
school of Kathak manifests. Combining the mysticism of Sufi tradition, ancient Kathak blends and merges
itself with Sufi Sangeet and verses, emphasizing on the mysticism through music. Fused with unique and
distinctive dance idioms and synchronized with Sufi music, Sufiana Kathak is meditative and mystical. The
workshop will enable a deeper understanding of the art of story-telling from a spiritual aspect enabling a
unision of the dance and the dancer.
And finally we will integrate all the aspects of Dancing Divas 2011 workshop as the basis for the
performance of one of the biggest Kathak festivals in Dubai, scheduled for June 2011, giving a chance to
our participants to showcase their talent on stage and preparing oneself for various choreographies.
Fee
You can choose to attend any one or a combination of workshops.
Fee per workshop: Aed 400/-
Combination of any two workshops: Aed 700/-
A short break of 15 minutes with refreshments will be provided.
For further information or registration please contact:
Somna Tugnait
+971505087180/971555578180