Saturday, 29 September 2007

Cosmic Nad: the pulsating beat of Kathak

Sheetal Kolwalkar, Kaveri Agashe and Ketaki Phadke-Shah perform at the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hall on 28th September, 2007.
( Click image for large size view )

28th September 2007, Friday
Raincloud is a freelancer, writing for The Times Of India, Pune supplements. These are four page supplements that are published three times a week. A bunch of freelancers have been assigned to make up for the content and photographs. Raincloud is one of them. So we happened to be at this event, I accompanied Raincloud out of sheer curiosity. A half-day arrangement for a month had been agreed upon at my workplace, in the process of shifting to another job.

Cosmic Nad, a Kathak dance group was performing for a NGO - Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM).We were at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hall, Camp just after 6 pm. It is an old hall and still standing. Not more than 50 people were there. We scramble through the darkness and take the fifth row seats in the middle. Then we got dazzled by the art. The pulsating feet of the kathak dancers, the vocals, the gently looping sound of the harmonium, the breathtaking tabla.

It is a polished, delectable performance, emanating of youth, tradition, rhythm and tradition. An old world aura.  

*
Percussion
–noun
The striking of one body against another with some sharpness; impact; blow.

Here's a list of words that you can search for on the Internet or Wikipedia:
Kathak
Anklets
Ghungroo
Footwork
Improvisation
Chakras
Revolutions
Hand movements
Designs patterns

2 comments:

  1. Your blog is nice. I think you should add your blog at BlogAdda and let more people discover your blog. It's a great place for Indian bloggers to be in and I am sure it would do wonders for your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi,
    Thanks for your feedback, Deepanjali.
    It is good to know someone is reading the blog apart from myself.
    -Snehith

    ReplyDelete