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Of taals and devotions

Of taals and devotions
Born and brought up in a small town called Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, Dr Anjana Jha has come a long way. And all of it she attributes to hard work, passion and persistence. All of which has led to the blossoming of this young and talented kathak dancer.

The young Kathak dancer performed at Azad Bhawan in I P Estate on Friday under the 'Horizon Series'.

Jha started learning Kathak in her hometown under the guidance of Guru Sukhdev Singh and later underwent training under Kathak maestro Guru Pandit Rajendra Gangani of Jaipur Gharana. 'When I decided to come to Delhi for learning Kathak, my parents supported me. So I took admission in Kathak Kendra Delhi in 2000,' she says.

Anjana presented taal asthmangal, taal dhamal and a Rajasthani devotional song written by Mirabai and another taal composed by her Guru, starting with Shiv Stuti based on raag jog.

Even though Jha has been performing on stage for the last 12 years, she thinks there is a lot to learn. 'I am fascinated by Sufi music. I really wish to perform Kathak on some Sufi bandish but I will wait till the time when I'll be able to do justification to that piece,' she said. The last few years have been eventful for her as she performed abroad. Now she is planning to go to Bangkok to teach Kathak and will be coming back to India in July to perform.

Her passion for dance is unmistakable not only when she talks about Kathak but also when she performs. One can't envision her being anything else than the graceful and agile dancer that she is. 'I never had any second option in my mind', she sums up.
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