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A marathon of Kathak in the city

Have you ever taken part in a marathon? Even if you have, chances are that you might not have participated in a dance marathon.

art and culture Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:57 IST
Shreya Ramachandran

Have you ever taken part in a marathon? Even if you have, chances are that you might not have participated in a dance marathon. Today, in the Capital, a group of 30 dancers will perform back to back for 10 hours at an improvised Kathak dance marathon.

Organised by the Padatik Dance Centre, Kolkata, in association with the Department of Culture, New Delhi, this is an all-day recital of solo Kathak performances in the age groups of 10-18 years, 19-30 years and above 30 years. The programme will have 3 sessions — morning (10am to 1pm), afternoon (2pm to 5pm) and evening (6pm to 9pm).

According to Chetna Jalan, the artistic director of Padatik, the primary purpose of the event is to keep the spirit of Kathak alive among youngsters. “All the dancers will perform a 10-minute piece on the spot, and the musicians will also be picked by lottery, on the spot,” says Jalan. The performers have come from all across the country. “We got the Marathon to Delhi because we want Kathak to achieve the maximum visibility,” adds Jalan. The event will kick off with performances by two renowned Kathak exponents — Pt Krishna Mohan Maharaj and Pt Rajendra Gangani.