A brilliant show of Kathak dances by the Moscow Theatre of Indian Dance “Tarang” was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, on February 15, 2013.
The two-hour performance of different forms of Indian dance by a group of Russian artists, under the guidance of Guru Ashwani Nigam, immensely impressed the audience. The items were mainly choreographed by Ashwani Nigam. The group of 25 artists included Svetlana Nigam, Ekaterina Petrova, Oksana Dimenchuk, Yana Lykina, Margarita Tobakova, Victoria Anisimova, Alexei Dulnev and Natalia Malysheva.
The main items presented by the artists included Mathrubhoomi Vandana, Guru Vandana, Tarana, Dhmar, Bhajan (written and choreographed by Guru Bind Deen Maharaj, grandfather of the eminent Kathak dancer Briju Maharaj), Suddha Nritya, Tumris and Gazal.
The dignitaries among the gathering included eminent danseuse Ms. Shovana Narayan and her husband Mr. Herbert Traxl, Former Austrian Ambassador to India. According to Ashwani Nigam, the artists will give performances in New Delhi and Lucknow. The “Tarang” team will also attend a Seminar on Kathak and North Indian Folk Dances at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, on February 19-27, 2013.
“Tarang” was founded by Ashwani Nigam, who arrived in Moscow in September, 1996 as the Dance Guru in the Jawaharlal Nehru 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 Uttar Pradesh, and traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks or story-tellers. It’s 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.
Ms. Shovana Narayan felicitated the artists after the show and congratulated Guru Ashwani Nigam and his students. She lauded the wonderful dedication of Aswani Nigam and his team and his hard pursuit in keeping the traditional art alive. “Art bridges nations and hearts of the people”, Ms. Shovana Narayan said.