I am happy to share with you a new review, it’s excerpted from the website narthaki.com I also want to thank Dr. Sunil Kothari for his generous review in this most prestigious publication.
Montreal-based Sudeshna Maulik had her initial training from her childhood in Kathak under Chitresh Das. Later on, she studied at Bharatiya Kala Kendra and then under Birju Maharaj at Kathak Kendra in Delhi and participated in several conferences gaining wide experience. She studied under Kumudini Lakhia to gain further understanding of Kathak, to imbibe the nuances, and imbue it with contemporary sensibilities. To the music composed by Atul Desai, she presented ‘Samanvay,’ literally meaning a coming together of the lyrical and the emphatic movement of Kathak in a seamless manner.
Her chakkars and footwork had authority. The stance had Kumudini Lakhia’s school, the constume complimented the movements, the padhant, the recitation of mnemonic syllables of Kathak was clear and full of texture. She created a favourable impression winning rounds of applause for the flawless chakkars and clean execution of nritta movements. Canada has now a dancer of merit in Kathak and from whatever one saw on that evening, doubtless Sudeshana is bound to make a name for herself.
Dr. Sunil Kothari
Dr. Sunil Kothari, dance historian, scholar, author, is a renowned dance critic, having written for The Times of India group of publications for more than 40 years. He is a regular contributor to Dance Magazine, New York. Dr. Kothari is a globetrotter, attending several national, international dance conferences and dance festivals. He has to his credit more than 14 definitive works on Indian classical dance forms. Kothari was a Fulbright Professor and has taught at the Dance Department, New York University; has lectured at several Universities in USA, UK, France, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. He has been Vice President of World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (2000-2008) and is Vice President of World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific India chapter, based in New Delhi. A regular contributor to http://www.narthaki.com, Dr Kothari is honored by the President of India with the civil honor of Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi award.