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Kathak with a difference

Rarely do we see a jugalbandi like this: Indian classical dance mixed with Rajasthani folklore, drums and violin by the brother-sister duo.

art and culture Updated: Apr 21, 2010 01:17 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

Rarely do we see a jugalbandi like this: Indian classical dance mixed with Rajasthani folklore, drums and violin. The brother-sister duo of actress Bhavana Ramanna and Aravind Ramanna is bringing Nupur, an experimental dance performance, to the Capital. Under the banner of their production house, Hometown Productions, the show is an attempt to revive the old Indian art forms that are fast fading in the modern times.

“Being a dancer, I always felt that there is not much awareness among people about the various Indian dance forms. And we have realised that to make these forms more acceptable, you have to tweak it a little,” says Bhavana, recipient of the ‘Best Actress’ award (Karnataka state) for her role in the Kannada film Kshama. “We have started with Nupur, but we plan to do so with other Indian classical forms as well,” adds Ramanna, who is also a professional Bharatnatyam dancer.

The performance will see renowned Kathak exponent Pandit Sandeep Mahavir of Jaipuri Gharana dancing to the tunes of Sufi Manganiyars of Rajasthan, the drum beats of Ranjit Barot and the sweet melody of violinist Deepak Pandit. “Through this dance performance, we are taking Kathak on a different level by combining it with other contemporary and traditional art forms. The experiment is very rare and we are doing it without losing the basic flavour of the dance,” says Pandit Mahavir.

After receiving a great response in Bangalore, Hometown Productions is very positive about their performance in Delhi. “Bangalore was a great experience. We could hear people whistling on our Kathak performance and we were sure that our experiment has worked well,” adds Pandit Mahavir.

When Where How
Nupur, the experimental dance performance by Hometown Productions, will open at 7 pm on April 22 at Kamani Auditorium.

For invites contact:
09845503987, 09582953461.

First Published: Apr 20, 2010 17:05 IST