Revisiting the Nawabi traditions
The Capital will relive the remembrances of a courtesan in love in a special choreography recreating the Awadhi darbar, the poetic words of love explored through darbari kathak dance by dancer Manjari Chaturvedi.
The exploration of syllable and voice create remembrances in classical music compositions sung by dhrupad exponent Uday Bhawalkar. The rhythmic sound of Persian percussions, the daf and the tumbak by artiste Reza Karfar will lead audience to nothingness where only the beauty of sound exists and create an essence of void and of desires unfulfilled.
The darbari kathak also known as kathak of Lucknow gharana is characterised by lovely costumes, and is famous for its delicate nuances of expressiveness, alluring grace in movements, eloquent gat bhav and its unique abhinaya to the accompaniment of lilting thumri’s, ghazals and holis, which was patronised in the opulant darbars of Nawabs of Awadh.
Manjari Chaturvedi is a exponent of the Indian classical dance form and is acclaimed for being the creator and only performing artist of Sufi kathak. She has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance . Uday Bhawalkar whose music alings with Chaturvedi's sufi kathak, is a standard bearer for Dhrupad.