Choreographed and Composed by: Pandit Chitresh Das Performed by: Rachna Nivas, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Antara Bhardwaj, Cimi Ahluwalia
Malkauns is the raga (musical scale) and tarana is the melody, which, instead of having words, uses syllables derived from the language of the drum to convey the rhythm. This piece highlights intensity and vigor of the tayari (technique) and layakari (playing with rhythms) of Kathak dance, along with the khoobsurti (beauty) and nazakat (delicacy) - the four elements essential to any Kathak dancer.
This is what makes Toronto Tabla Ensemble and M-DO/KathakToronto so unique! Both tabla (Indian drumming) and kathak (Indian dance) are taught under the same roof. The dancers enjoy the energetic live music and drummers receive additional training on how to accompany dance. Truly amazing!
On Sunday December 16, from 2pm-5pm, we are having a holiday Tabla and Kathak student salon featuring works by our students. The location is Izakaya Sushi House 294 College St. near. Spadina. We’ll be in the back room. More details to follow but, wanted you to know before your calendar fills up!
Celebrated Tabla master Ritesh Das and renowned Kathak artist Joanna de Souza bring the finest in Tabla and Kathak training to the Brampton community. With depth of knowledge, artistic virtuosity and commitment to traditional learning, Brampton can now have access to studying Indian classical percussion and dance at the highest artistic level with performance opportunities.
So, we were waiting for our teacher to come to the class, and this butterfly came and stuck to my friend’s leg. My friend walked and turned and jumped, and jerked her leg, but it just wouldn’t budge. Then, after five minutes of no movement, it flew off. It made for a pretty picture, though. Ghungaroo and butterflies are an unexpected combination.