Kathak Mahotsav 2010

In Events on July 6, 2010 by danceumbrella

Kathak Mahotsav Canada

presented by Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization

AUGUST 9-13, 2010 at 7:30pm
AUGUST 14, 2010 Kathak Gala at 4:00pm

Workshops open to all levels of dancers. Observers are welcome.

Kathak Mahostav Canada initiative in an effort to gather annual Canadian Kathak artists to showcase their work and discuss the collective needs of this community. In May 2008, the RSKDO called a gathering of Toronto’s Kathak artists representing the different streams of Kathak to showcase their work in a three-day event. The response was tremendous and enthusiastic and built a sense of solidarity and a cohesive community spirit among the Kathak dancers. The seed was sown. The first Mahotsav generated a great deal of excitement and friendship paved the way for building a support network among the Kathak artists. Each concert featured both established and emerging artists enhancing an appreciation of the common roots and points of departure in the different styles. In August 2009 a Kathak Mahotsav was again held at the Fairview Library Theatre. It focused on the needs of emerging artists with an intensive in-depth training and development through progressive workshops with one concert featuring emerging artists.

Fairview Library Theatre – 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto Ontario (See map below)

Concept and Artistic Direction: Rina Singha 416-463-1710
Project Coordinator: Shanta Chikarmane: 416-510-8112

My vision is that the Kathak Mahotsav Canada will eventually become an international event where Kathak artists will gather from around the world, in a glorious celebration of Kathak – an art form that has proven its aesthetic continuity over the centuries along with it’s adaptability and relevance, from the temple precinct to the Moghul courts and now in its global placement. It will also be a tribute to the great masters who illustrated by example that success was the result of a commitment to integrity, excellence and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. I believe in the beauty and transformational power of the classical arts. They have a logic and practical wisdom that is relevant to the needs of today’s society.

Kathak Mahostav Canada is generously supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

A gathering of Toronto’s Kathak Dance Artists in celebration of the art and beauty of Kathak.

Kathak in the 21st Century

An evening program of lectures and performances featuring honoured guest Dr. Maya Rao, India’s eminent scholar and choreographer. Celebrated scholar and choreographer Dr. Maya Rao, renowned for transforming her scholarship and experience into memorable magic on stage, returns to Toronto for her first open lecture series on how to create within a distinct vocabulary.

Monday, August 9 – Lecture Demonstration
Impact of Innovative Music on Traditional Kathak Dance – Roots and Wings
by Shri Atul Desai and Smt. Sandhya Desai and dancers

Tuesday, August 10 – Illustrated Lecture Part I
Components of Creation in Kathak Choreography by Dr. Maya Rao

Wednesday, August 11 – Illustrated Lecture Part II
Components of Creation in Kathak Choreography by Dr. Maya Rao

Thursday, August 12 – Tribute in Dance to Dr. Maya Rao
Performance by Menaka Thakkar ,
Janak Khendry , and Lata Pada
Solo Kathak dance by Sudeshna Maulik

Friday, August 13 – Kathak Concert
Kathak Concert – Joanna de Souza and the Chhandam Dance Company with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble , and Rina Singha

Saturday, August 14 4:00pm – Kathak Gala
4:00pm – Kathak Ensembles: Tarana Dance Company , Nupoor Dance Creations , Nrityamela Children’s Dance
, and other to be announced.
5:00-6:00pm – Refreshments Break
6:00pm – Kathak Concert: Hemant and Vaishali Panwar , Reshmi Chetram , Shanta Chikarmane, and Laura Otis.
Rhythmic Finale featuring live music and dancers representing all participating groups, choreography by Dr. Maya Rao.

Full series $150
Individual day $30
Kathak Gala $40

Daily Kathak Workshops with Dr. Maya Rao (1:00 – 4:00pm)
Preregistration required

Visit the Facebook Event Page to informally RSVP

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about: Dr. Maya Rao
Dancer, Choreographer-Director of International repute and the only Indian with a post-graduate certificate in Choreography from U.S.S.R., has the distinction of being honoured with National Award for Choreography by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. She is the Awardee of Karnataka State Sangeet Natak Academy for Dance, as well as the Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award for eminence in Kathak and Choreography. The State Award of Delhi Administration Sahitya Kala Parishad also has been conferred on her. A Gold Medal holder for her solo dance at International Festival-cum-competition of Art held in Helinsnki in 1962, is another honour. Recently she has been honoured with the CHOREOFEST award from Delhi as well as the prestigious “SHANTALA AWARD” of Karnataka State. The Bangalore University has honoured Maya Rao with a Doctorate. Dr. Maya Rao been trained in Kathak under the great Veterans Padmashri Shri. Shambhu Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana and Shri. Sundar Prasad of Jaipur Gharana. She has imbibed the best elements of both the techniques and presented them in her remarkable solo recitals and ensembles of Kathak which have won praise all over the country and abroad. For her rich contribution to the repertoire of Kathak and training of dancers, the Sangeet  Natak Akademi had nominated her as a Member of the advisory Committee of its Kathak Kendra, a National Centre for this form.

This project is Supported by
Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council
The Canada Council for the Arts
Dance Umbrella of Ontario

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