The Performing Arts is focused on the three main aspects of performing arts relevant today:
Dance in traditional Indian culture permeates all facets of life. Its initial functions were to give symbolic expression to regional secular folklore, abstract and ritualistic function. India’s Performing Arts have stood the test of time serving themselves as philosophical metaphors by consistently reviving and retaining its folklore and classical disciplines. Spread across 4 cities, witness 12 different dance forms by some of the best artistes in the country and visit some of the most premier and traditional dance institutions to get a first-hand experience of current teaching methodology and philosophies.
Be inspired by the intricate cultural fabric that India is made of. Interact and gain the insights and expertise of stalwarts who have transformed and contributed to the world of traditional and Modern Indian Dance on an international scale.
Spend valuable time ’Learning vocabulary from the maestros; collaborate with fellow travelers and create your own movement vocabulary based on your learnings and a possible Short Piece that will be presented at the end of the intensive.
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Aditi Mangaldas is a leading dancer and choreographer in the classical Indian dance form of Kathak. With extensive training under the leading gurus of Kathak, Shrimati Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj, Aditi is today recognised for her artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic energy that mark every performance.
Celebrated around the world for the startling richness and intricacy of her dance and choreography, she was recently nominated in the category of outstanding performance (classical) by the National Dance Critics Circle awards-2017 in the UK.
She has won much critical acclaim in major dance festivals across the world. As quoted by the Guardian, London, 2017, “Mangaldas owned the stage without trying to earn it……” Or at the Perth International Arts Festival, 2016, “Her artistry and poise, her dramatic gifts and unshakable technique are truly astounding; dance as effortlessly compelling as this is a joy to watch in itself”…. and at the Edinburgh International Festival, 2012,“ Her concept of the intangible embraces the divine and the profoundly human: love and freedom, truth and beauty being as cosmically mystical as god.”
In India, many dance critics and connoisseurs celebrate her dance, “Her dance demonstrates what it means to be utterly free in body, mind and spirit to explore the world”. – Shanta Gokhale
Masoom Parmar is a Bangalore based dancer, arts manager and curator. Trained in Bharatanatyam under Guru Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran, his dance is marked by his emotive skills and neat geometry. As an arts manager, he has worked with some of the finest artistes for the country viz., Tanusree Shankar, Mayuri Upadhya, and Rukmini Vijayakumar to name a few. As a curator, he looks at tradition with a modern mind, to explore the past to create a new, imaginative future.
Kesha is a British Asian dancer, choreographer, and change-maker. Her primary training is in Kathak under her mother, Priti Raithatha, Smt. Nilima Devi M.B.E and Smt. Nirupama Rajendra. Upon accomplishing her UK National ISTD Kathak examinations and a BA in Graphic Design, Kesha has been dividing her year between India and the UK training in Kathak, Contemporary, Indian Martial Arts and various other forms whilst performing with celebrated Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance companies; NritaRutya (artistic Director Mayuri Upadhya) and Daksha Sheth Dance Company. Her ethos as a dancer is known to be a holistic combination of fluidity and organic experimentation.
Odissi Danseuse, Choreographer
Kathak and Contemporary Exponent, Choreographer, Founder Natya STEM Kampani
Mohiniyattam Dancer and Choreographer
Odissi Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director at Nrityagram
Odissi Dancer, Choreographer, Principal Dancer at Nrityagram
Kathakali Exponent, Founder Kalatharangini
Contemporary Dancer, Choreographer