Aditi Mangaldas creates her first Kathak solo Echoes outside of the auspices of her own company on Aakash Odedra. Bells have been a constant companion of every Indian classical dancer. They have aged with one, in a way they have resonated one’s life through the process of dance. Should these bells just be a part of a given tradition? Become a ritual and thus in a way be “dead”? Can they not be “alive” in the present?
The bells in “Echoes” become a metaphor of resonance, of freedom, of awakening. Aakash Odedra is considered the most exciting, virtuosic Kathak performer of his generation. Aditi Mangaldas is amongst the most renowned Kathak choreographers in the world today. Both artists have changed the way Kathak is perceived on the modern stage and look at tradition with a contemporary and open mind.
Incede is an excursion into the interplay between love and longing, the dance recreates the most intimate of emotions, with a majestic, flamboyant familiarity. Performed in pure classical Kathak, with inflections of contemporary expression, Sanjukta Sinha threads emotions with virtuosity. Affirmative and resplendent, the movements reflect surging emotions and the thrill of the journey.
Incede is choreographed by Padma Bhushan Smt Kumudini Lakhia.
Sanjukta Sinha is regarded as one of the leading Kathak dancers of her generation respected for her great artistry and technical ability. Her exquisite sense of musicality has enabled her to incorporate forms such as Dhrupad, Sufi, Contemporary, Bhajans and Thumries.
Photo Credits, Sanjukta: Mark Harvey & Aakash: Devansh Jhaveri
Country of origin: India, UK
Curated in partnership with Sampad Arts
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