Kathak / Flamenco Dance Performance at Kew Gardens – May 7, 2012

Monday, May 7th 2012
Kew Gardens, London, UK

This Bank Holiday Monday join Priya Pawar and friends for an open air dance and music performance in front of the Temperate House. Fusion of Indian classical style dance and flamenco inspired by nature’s seasons.

Deepak Sahai appears courtesy of Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya.

Programme:
12am-1pm – dance performance on stage with live music
1.15pm-2.00pm – live music on stage
2.30pm-3.30pm – dance performance on stage with live music

The event is free to the visitors of the Gardens.

More information is available at the Kew Gardens website.

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

An Evening of Kathak Dance

by

Abhay Shankar Mishra
Internationally Renowned Kathak Exponent

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 6:30pm

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
4A Castletown Road, London, UK

UPDATE – DEEPAK SAHAI TO PERFORM TABLA ON THIS VERY SPECIAL DANCE PERFORMANCE.

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.

Summer Tabla and Kathak Camp 2012

TABLA CAMP with Deepak Sahai
July 23 to August 3, 2012
London, UK

A chance to immerse yourself in tabla and develop your playing and improvisation skills. Each day will begin with the traditional riaz (practise) in groups followed by performance workshops on different Taals and vocal accompaniment. Limited places will be available for Kathak accompaniment.

Venue:Harrow High School, Gayton Road
Dates: Week I – Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July
Week II – Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August
Time: Daily 9am – 1pm
Cost: Daily rate – £30 (£20 for Sangeet College students)

Places will be limited so please register your interest by return email so that we can book a place for you. All sessions must be booked and paid for by May 31st 2012.

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Kathak Accompaniment with Priya Pawar and Deepak Sahai

There will be 10 places for students attending the morning sessions to learn how to accompany Kathak dance.

Time: daily 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Daily rate – £10 (£5 for Sangeet College students)

All sessions must be booked and paid for by May 31st 2012.

Deepak Sahai
Deepak 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 great great great great grandfather was the legendary Pandit Ram Sahai and his Guruji and uncle is Pandit Sharda Sahai who passed away in November 2011. Deepak started his performing career at the age of 13 years accompanying various artists in India across the different musical and dance disciplines. He is well known for his wealth of tabla knowledge and his dynamic performances. He is a founding member of DHAMAKA, an innovative tabla trio with a new approach to tabla performance. He is currently in his third term as Resident Artist at Sangeet College, a department of Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya in London.

Priya Pawar
Priya, an international artist with over 30 years experience as a teacher, will be the lead teacher at our first Kathak Camp. She was trained from an early age with the foremost gurus of both the Jaipur and Lucknow styles and began her professional career as a resident artist of the legendary Guru Birju Maharaj’s ballet troupe. Priya is renowned for her grace, technical ability, and stage presence as a performer. She has performed worldwide as both a solo artist and in collaborations with dancers from other traditions including flamenco, jazz and tap. And she has choreographed a number of critically acclaimed Kathak and Odissi ballets with themes drawn from Indian Literature and contemporary themes.

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KATHAK CAMP with Priya Pawar
July 23 to August 3, 2012
London, UK

A chance to immerse yourself in Kathak dance with workshops focussing on technique and abhinaya. There will be riaz (technique practice) and performance workshops with live tabla accompaniment.

Venue: Harrow High School, Gayton Road
Dates: Week I – Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July
Week II – Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August
Time: daily 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Daily rate – £30 (£20 for Sangeet College students)

Places will be limited so please register your interest by return email so that we can book a place for you. All sessions must be booked and paid for by May 31st 2012.

Priya Pawar
Priya, an international artist with over 30 years experience as a teacher, will be the lead teacher at our first Kathak Camp. She was trained from an early age with the foremost gurus of both the Jaipur and Lucknow styles and began her professional career as a resident artist of the legendary Guru Birju Maharaj’s ballet troupe. Priya is renowned for her grace, technical ability, and stage presence as a performer. She has performed worldwide as both a solo artist and in collaborations with dancers from other traditions including flamenco, jazz and tap. And she has choreographed a number of critically acclaimed Kathak and Odissi ballets with themes drawn from Indian Literature and contemporary themes.

To register, or for more information, contact Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya at:
+44 772 395 8411
tablacamp@sahai.org