One should not forget the roots of their culture and hence, promoting and preserving the Indian classical dance forms is of utmost importance. Katha Dance Theatre tries to bring in a trail of Indian Kathak from the American soil, the show, 'Nritya Katha' was conceptualised by Rita Mustaphi, a disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj.
The artists also hail from the United States to spread the magic of their performance through dance and music. The dance troupe has been globetrotting and presenting their wonderful art forms on a global platform. 'Nritya Katha – an evening of choreographic works, is organised by Lok Chhanda in association with India Habitat Centre to present different colours of dance style, modelled in Kathak, Chhau & Contemporary on February 27 at 7 pm.
Dance performances to scintillate the event are as follows: Nayak – to be performed by Rakesh Sai Babu, who is a choreographer and disciple of Guru Janmejoy Sai Babu. He is also an art director at Gurukul Chhau Dance Sangam. He will perform in the famous 'Mayurbhanj Chhau' style.
Kabeer – by Maitreyee Pahari to grace the event with her pure Kathak style in a contemporary presentation. The music will be by – Mrigya. Sharat Chandra Srivastava is the music composer.
Karna – to be portrayed by Rita Mustaphi in Kathak style, is a rework of the famous epic, where tradition and modernity are at play in the conflicting relationships between a queen, her secret son, a strong-willed princess and the God that made him a legend. The ground-breaking collaborative project also features Katha Dance Theatre Company members. It will also be working with local Kathak dancers and live drummers to accompany them in touring.
Chains – to be presented by Nanda Kumar in an upbeat contemporary style that depicts slavery that existed throughout history, in many times and most places. A combination of lives of slaves in which individuals are owned by others, who control where they live and how they work.