Kathak in the 21st Century: A gathering of Toronto’s Kathak Dance Artists in celebration of the art & beauty of Kathak

5 Jul

A gathering of Toronto’s Kathak Dance Artists in celebration of the art & beauty of Kathak: Kathak in the 21st Century

Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization


AUGUST 9-13, 2010 at 7:30pm

An evening program of lectures and performances featuring honoured guest

Dr. Maya Rao, India’s eminent scholar and choreographer.

Monday, August 9 – Lecture Demonstration. Impact of Innovative Music on Traditional Kathak Dance – Roots and Wings by Shri Atul Desai and Smt. Sandhya Desai and dancers

Tuesday, August 10 – Illustrated Lecture Part I: Components of Creation in Kathak Choreography by Dr. Maya Rao

Wednesday, August 11 – Illustrated Lecture Part II: Components of Creation in Kathak Choreography by Dr. Maya Rao

Thursday, August 12 – Tribute in Dance to Dr. Maya Rao plus Performance by Menaka Thakkar, Janak Khendry, and Lata Pada Solo Kathak dance by Sudeshna Maulik

Friday, August 13 – Kathak Concert – Joanna de Souza and the Chhandam Dance Company with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and Rina Singha

Saturday, August 14

4:00pm –  Kathak Gala  Fairview Library Theatre 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto Ontario. Kathak Ensembles Tarana Dance Company, Nupoor Dance Creations, Nrityamela Children’s Dance Theatre, and other to be announced.

5:00 – 6:00pm – Refreshments Break

6:00pm – Kathak Concert with Hemant and Vaishali Panwar, Reshmi Chetram, Shanta Chikarmane, and Laura Otis. Rhythmic Finale featuring live music and dancers representing all participating groups, choreography by Dr. Maya Rao.

Full Series (Monday – Friday) $100Individual day $25

Kathak Gala (Saturday) $35 (Includes Refreshments)

After July 30: Full series $150 Individual day $30 Kathak Gala $40

Daily Kathak Workshops with Dr. Maya Rao (1:00 – 4:00pm)

Preregistration required  For tickets & further information:

Concept & Artistic Direction: Rina Singha: 416-463-1710

Project Coordinator: Shanta Chikarmane: 416-510-8112



Sangeet Kala Kendra presents:


October 9,2010

co-produced by Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville

It is with great pleasure that we present Mehfil, a two-hour long Hindustani classical vocal and Kathak dance recital that features Indian classical vocal rendition by Anjana Nath of Kolkatta, accompanied by Pankaj Mishra on sarangi, and a solo Kathak recital by Sudeshna Maulik with live accompaniment by the aforementioned guest artists and Montreal’s very own Shawn Mativetsky on tabla. Hailing from India, both Anjana Nath and Pankaj Mishra are extremely talented and highly acclaimed musicians.

Mehfil is the outcome of a dynamic collaboration between Maulik and Nath, complemented beautifully by the musical expression of the sarangi and tabla. Mehfil will enchant the heart, by celebrating the beauty and the spirituality of Hindustani music and dance. The intimate interaction between the performers will uphold the traditional essence of the Indian art which considers dance (nritya), percussion (vadya), and vocal music (geet) as a unified identity – Sangeet.


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