You wouldn't make out the fact from a performance, but Kathak has some pretty nomadic origins.
Circa 2009, SPIC-MACAY, in association with the Universiy Of Hyderabad, is bringing to the city a Kathak performance by Sushmita Banerjee as a part of its cultural festival titled Viraasat 2009. The concert is on at Marri Chenna Reddy H R D Institute, on 17th September, and will begin at 6pm.
Kathak traces its beginnings to the the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or story tellers. These bards, performing in village squares and temple courtyards, mostly specialized in recounting mythological and moral tales from the scriptures. They embellished their recitals with hand gestures and facial expressions.
Sushmita Banerjee is a Kathak danseuse who started her talim at the tender age of 4 in the Lucknow gharana. She was a student of Guru Pandit Ramnarayan Mishra. After his demise, she continued her training under Shrimati Maya Chatterjee and Pandit Vijay Shankar. Currently, she is under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj. Sushmita is an empanelled artist of ICCR.
Sushmita was amongst the few to secure distinction in Nritya Prabhakar Examination, and has won several dance competitions. She taken part in debates and talks held by The All India Radio in Kolkata, apart from performing in India and aboard.
At present, she is a member of the Board of Judges of the Inter Collegiate Dance Competition organised every year by Calcutta University. Besides being a Kathak dancer, Sushmita, after completing her graduation from Loreto College (Calcutta), has majored in English Literature from Calcutta University.
Please contact Neha at 98661-39840 or Ashish at 94901-22248 for further details.