This is an enthralling dance journey of 10 artists from Lucknow, Delhi & Calcutta. We look forward to bringing their incredible Kathak performance to Dallas!
Sandip Mallick: The leading Kathak dancer/guru/ choreographer from Kolkata, Sandip is an undisputed master of the refined technique, musicality and prowess characteristic of Kathak. A performer of rare subtlety, he has also inspired the next generation of dancers and will bring three of his senior disciples with him from India, including Megh Ayan Banerjee, a rising star, in order to present his group choreography as well as his solo work. He has taught both live and on Skype for some of the best young Kathak dancers in the East Coast of the USA and will incorporate them into his production as well, rendering his Festival debut a confluence of Indian and diaspora dancers. He is empaneled as an artist with ICCR from 2003 onwards.
Piyush Chauhan and Preeti Sharma have greatly expanded the audience for Kathak through their multiple appearances on mainstream national television in India and overseas as dance superstars. Both received merit scholarships as promising young artists from India’s Ministry of Culture; and both were fostered by Guru Shri Rajendra Gangani at the National Institute of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi; and continued their professional development as members of the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company. Performances with Birju Maharaj, Kumudini Lakhia, Geetanjali Lal and Jai Kishen Maharaj rounded out their classical appearances. Their performance illustrates the cross-over between a classical dance form made popular through the vehicle of film and television.
Anuj and Kantika Mishra represent the 13th generation of the family of musicians belonging to the Varanasi Gharana. Their forefather, Shri Shiv Kishore Mishra, was a renowned Sarangi player; their grandfather, Shri Nanhu Mishra, was a famous Tabla maestro and their father, the late Pt. Arjun Mishra, was the acclaimed Kathak guru, dancer and choreographer who learned under Shri Ramnarayan Mishra in Kolkata and by Padamvibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. Along with Anuj’s wife Neha Singh, the trio has performed frequently for heads of state in New Delhi and as the most prominent representation of their generation in the Lucknow style of Kathak. Anuj has performed international with choreographers such as Karine Saporta, Mallika Sarabhai, Kumudini Lakhia, Rukmini Chatterjee and Lata Pada and has won national and international dance competitions as national gold medalist, receiving titles of Shringarmani , Nritya Kawomudhi and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Academy.