By Gowri Ramnarayan & Troupe and Kathak by Tina Tambe with Ninad Centre for Performing Arts
An NCPA Presentation
Gowri Ramnarayan is a multifaceted personality with an immense contribution to Indian performing arts, literature and culture. She is a musician, playwright, theatre director, writer, journalist and columnist. Ramnarayan was a vocal accompanist to M.S. Subbulakshmi for over a decade. As an author, she has written several books for children—Abu’s World, Abu’s World Again and Past Forward: Six Artists in Search of Their Childhood. In 2005, she founded JustUs Repertory whose productions have been staged in India, the U.S., the U.K. and south Asia. In the year 2015, Krishna Gana Sabha awarded her the title Nataka Choodamani for her contribution to theatre. Gowri has served as a FIPRESCI jury member at international film festivals in India and Europe.
Tina Tambe is one of the most accomplished Kathak performers of today. She holds Nritya Alankar, a nine-year diploma in Kathak from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai, an M.A. in Kathak from Devi Ahilya University, Indore and on completing her thesis on dance elements in the poetry of Meera, she also received a Ph.D. Trained by expert and proficient gurus of different gharanas, Tambe has created a style of her own which is reflected in a beautiful blend that melds the delicacy of the Lucknow gharana, the vibrant energy of the Jaipur gharana and the excellence of Raigarh gharana. She is the Artistic Director of Ninad Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai where she imparts training of Kathak to the newer generation of dancers.
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