An Evening of Kathak Dance by Abhay Shankar Mishra, accompanied by Deepak Sahai

An Evening of Kathak Dance


Abhay Shankar Mishra
Internationally Renowned Kathak Exponent

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 6:30pm

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
4A Castletown Road, London, UK


Abhay Shankar Mishra is one of the leading exponents of Kathak dance in the UK and in the world today. A mesmerizing performer, dynamic teacher, and creative choreographer of Kathak, Abhay currently lives and works in London. Born into a family steeped in musical tradition and trained under world-renowned Gurus, namely Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Smt Urmila Nagar Ji and late Pandit Pandey Maharaj, Abhay had the unique experience of learning all three of the major Gharanas of Kathak, i.e., Lucknow, Jaipur, and Banaras. He draws on his vast experience to achieve a beautiful blend of all three Gharanas in his work. He has performed internationally in Germany, Austria, France, North Korea and in South Africa. He also performed in Madrid, Spain, Italy at the Indian High Commission – duet with a leading flamenco dancer, Anna.

Deepak Sahai hails from one of the oldest and most respected music lineages in India. He is the direct descendent of the famed Pandit Ram Sahai and represents the sixth generation of the Benares Gharana of tabla playing. His Guruji and uncle was the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai. He gave his debut concert in Calcutta, at the age of 16. Since then he has performed widely across India performing with many of the great artists including Padmashree Uma Sharma of Delhi, Padmabushan Sitara Devi (kathak) and Pashupatinath Mishra (vocal).  He is a founding member of the hugely popular tabla trio, Dhamaka, which has received rave reviews. Currently he is based in the UK and is the resident artist at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya. Deepakís playing is highly respected for his beautiful tonal control, strength of sound and musicality; this coupled with his in depth knowledge of solo and accompaniment traditions makes for a truly formidable artist. Deepak Sahai appears courtesy of Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidaylaya.