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Sattriya by Krishnakshi Kashyap
Kathak by Varsha Dasgupta

Krishnakshi Kashyap, a performing artiste, choreographer and educator of Sattriya, is a disciple of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow and Padmashri Awardee Nrityacharya Shri Jatin Goswami  and  Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Shri Ramkrishna Talukdar . A recipient of Young Talent Artiste Award by North East Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, she is a graded artiste of Sattriya Dance of Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan Kendra , Guwahati. An active soloist , Krishnakshi has also showcased her choreographies with her troupe in various prestigious platforms across the nation including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Thrivananthapuram, Agra, Varanasi, Kochi, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Indore, Thrissur,  Bhind, Shillong and Lucknow .

Varsha Dasgupta is a Kathak dancer, and a disciple of Guru Shri Abhimanyu Lal of Jaipur Gharana, besides being under the guidance of Guru Smt. Geetanjali Lal.

She is a recipient of scholarship by the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt. of India in the field of Kathak, an “A” Grade artiste of Doordarshan, and an empanelled artiste of Spicmacay. Varsha has performed at prestigious festivals in India and abroad including the ICCR tour to Canada, India in Russia and Ukraine Festivals, London OLYMPICS, Rashtrapati Bhawan and the BRICS and ASEAN Summits. She has been presented with the “Nandan Srijani Samman” for her participation at the Nandan Utsab, Kolkata. She is done her Bachelor of Arts from Miranda House College, Delhi University and holds a master’s degree in English Literature from IGNOU. Varsha is currently teaching the elementary courses of Kathak at the prestigious Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.

Performing item details:
1. Aadi…
The beginning is what we understand with the word “Aadi”. A beginning that resonates of continuation. We see the beginning of a traditional technical repertoire of Kathak with the vastness of Vilambit Laya, and the playful permutation- combination of syllables, set in the buoyant weaves of 16 beats, plattered with  Upaj, Thaat, Uthaan etc. with breathless spins, agile movements and lightning speed footwork.

2. Ardent love
A maiden, who simply wants to find her way home, after being done with her daily chores, finds being caught up by her lover. It is she as well who expects him every day on the way home, either after filling her pot of water from the river, or after collecting flowers for the prayers. Those are their only cue meets for the day, when the celebrate their, young and spontaneous love for each other. All of this, beautifully described through a traditional couplet in raag Bageshree- “Apni Garaj Pakad leeni Baiyaan…”

3. Anant
It is the dance to the infinity. The dance of meticulous calculations in the fast tempo, with precise syllables, movements, footworks and spins, embedded with Tukda, paran, ladi etc.


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