A spectacular Dance Show of Kathak, Folk and Bollywood dances by the Moscow Theatre of Indian Dance “Tarang” was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, on May 18, 2012.
The two-hour performance of difference forms of Indian dance by a group of Russian artists, under the guidance of the Guru Ashwni Nigam, left the audience spell-bound. The dance items were mainly choreographed by Swetlana Nigam. The “Bangda” dance presented by the group received standing ovation. The show was concluded with an impressive performance by Guru Ashwini Nigam. Twenty-four artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ryazan, Krasnoyarsk, Rostov, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk and one Ukrainian city Lvov participated in the performance.
The dignitaries among the gathering included Mr. Dalbir Singh, National Secretary, All Indian Congress Committee AICC), Guru Munna Shukla, Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, and Smt. Komala Varadan, eminent danseuse of international acclaim and Founder Director of Kalaikoodam.
The “Tarang” group was in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh from May 8 to 20, where the artists had performed and given master classes’.
“Tarang” was founded by Ashwani Nigam, who arrived in Moscow in September, 1996 as the Dance Guru in the Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India. From 1999 to 2003, he was the Chief Choreographer of the theatre “Jhankar” and “Sargam. In January 2003, he started “Tarang””.
Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances. This dance form originated from U.P., and traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks or story-tellers. Its forms today contain traces of temple and ritual dances. From the 16th century onwards, it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and Central Asian dance, which were imported by royal courts of Mughal era.