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Celebrating Good Health with Art

On 24th February 2024, National Centre for Disease Control, held it’s ‘National Public Health Conference’, with the support of Ministry of Health, Govt. of India. Kathak Kendra New Delhi was invited to present a series of choreographies, in celebration of good faith and health.

The first performance was “YogadiYog”. It was choreographed by Ms. Sangita Chatterjee and she was assisted by her disciple Kavita Das. This production showed a beautiful infusion of our traditional practice of sanity, that is ‘Yog’, and the indespensable, Kathak. The movements were inspired and transpired from Yoga. The composition, very profusely celebrated the emergence of everything in life, from Yoga, and how it was all translated through Kathak.

It was presented by the Repertory of Kathak Kendra New Delhi. “Yogadiyog”, was composed in Raag Jog and Raag Kalavati, in the time cycle of 10 beats. Names of the Repertory artists: Minu Garu, Sonam Chauhan, Krupa Tendulkar, Sujata Ganwade, Priyanka Kapil, Aditi Bhardwaj, Mukesh Gangani, Mohit Shridhar, Rohit Panwar, Krishna Dutt Tripathi, Neeraj Parihar and Abhay Maharaj. The accompanying artists on music, who also composed “Yogadiyog” were: Santosh Kumar Sinha and Saba Hashmi on Vocals, Anil Kumar Mishra on Sarangi, Fateh Ali on Sitar and Shahbaz Khan on Tabla.

This was followed by an amalgamated choreography of 4 classical dance forms of India, choreographed and composed by Guru Abhimanyu Lal, called “Maatribhoomi”. It was a bouquet of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Manipuri. A beautiful Hindi poetry, describing the infinite beauty of our nation, penned down by Mahashweta Devi, is the base structure of this production. It is woven majestically with the syllables and compositions of all the dance styles and sealed in raag Malhar.

The Kathak Artists, who were the graduated students and current students of Kathak Kendra, trained under Guru Abhimanyu Lal were Varsha Dasgupta, Ankita Dutta, Tushti Som, Diksha Thapliyal and Shubhanshi Jain. The Bharatanatyam artists, are trained under the banner of Ganesh Natyalaya, founded by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, now led by Guru Rama Vaidyanathan and Shri CV Kamesh. The Odissi Artists, namely, Anisha, Arpita and Pragya Ghosh were from Sanchari Foundation founded by Guru Kavita Dwiwedi. And the Manipuri artists were Jibalata Devi and Laxmi Devi.

The cultural presentations were concluded with Kathak Kendra repertory’s showcase of a Tarana, which was choreographed by Guru Rani Khanum, composed in Raag Gaavati, in the time cycle of 16 beats, Teentaal. The artists for this composition were Sujata Gawade, Priyanka Kapil, Aditi Bhardwaj, Minu Garu Sonam Chauhan and Krupa Tendulkar.

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