A ballet that tells the story of Kathak from its very beginning to now.
It includes episodes of the famous epic, “Ramayana”
And takes you on a journey to understand Kathak!
The origin of Kathak- The Keertankars, the Kathakaars, the storytellers. Luv and Kush, the first “Kathaks” (story tellers) narrated the Ramayan.
Indian kings patronized the exuberant art of Kathak, and during the period, the technique of this art form developed, art flourished. A solo dance by Prajakta Raj, showing the technical aspect of Kathak- Taal Chautaal.
...When Kathak went through a difficult phase... The Indian Kings lost their Kingdoms to the British and the Kathak dancers lost their patrons. To keep the tradition of Kathak going and to earn a living, the dancers had to turn to areas they wouldn’t otherwise have chosen... a time when the dignified Kathak “Nritya” got the name “Nauch” Only the great “Gharana-Gurus” held on to their ancestral tradition with great faith and conviction, safeguarding it from any harm that unpleasant times could have caused... Presenting Thumri with ‘chhed-chhaad bhava’
A period that witnessed great maestros of Kathak struggling to regain the dignity that Kathak had lost during the British Rule. While some struggled to introduce techniques of presentation to reach out to the masses and spread Kathak amongst the common people, some others worked on the intricacies of the dance form, blending high classicism with contemporary expression!
Owing to the efforts taken by the great Gurus, Kathak is not just being recognised as a dignified classical dance form, but it has also gained popularity all over India. There are Kathak training institutes in major areas of most big cities, with little children waiting to be enrolled!
With the fame of Kathak spreading all over the world, dancers are now seen working with all kinds of oriental, western and other forms of music and dance. A Fusion of Kathak and Salsa was performed with guest artists from “Subhash Dhang’s Young Talent Association.”
Today, through thematic Kathak ballets, dancers portray varied social, environmental and other problems, propagating messages through the medium of art. This ballet is called “Shrishti...calling for an awakening...” It showcases the threats that our mother Earth faces today due to deforestation, killing of animals, pollution, suggesting ways to prevent them.
Life comes a full circle, so we come back to the point where we started. To make a grand finale we go back to the roots of the beautiful dance form of Kathak with a Keertan, in praise of Lord Rama.
Tabla- Pt. Arvind Kumar Azad and Charudatta Phadke | Harmonium- Ajay Parad | Harmonium, Vocal- Chinmay Kolhatkar | Vocal- Vinay Ramadasan, Shivani Dubey, Palavi Bapat, Apoorva Kulkarni, Mrunmayee Joshi | Pakhawaj- Sukhad Munde | Flute- Sunil Avchat | Sarangi- Sandeep Mishra | Sitar- Prasad Rahane | Synthesizer- Nikhil Mahamuni | Rhythm- Amod Kulkarni | Compere- Sharvari Jamenis | Padhant- Prajakta Atre, Rujuta Soman | Guest Artists- Subhash Dhang with his students | Lyrics, music- Chaitanya Kunte | Music- Ajay Parad and Amod Kulkarni | Sound- Sandeep Bhattad | Lights- Harshvardhan Pathak | Cinematography- Milind Phadnis | Editing- Santosh Gothoskar | Photography- Kaustubh Atre | Costumes- Sheetal Oak | Jewellery- Ashwini Phadke | Make up- Uma Sanas, Asmita Botre