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Once upon a Digital Life- STATIC

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Once upon a time in 2001 I travelled to Maynooth in northern Ontario to take part in an event called ‘Tech-no-bondage’ with the Hijack Collective. This multi-media collective liked to hijack non-performance spaces and turn them in to interesting venues. At this event my friend, film maker and media artist Lester Alfonso hijacked the Kathak […]

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Celebrating Amrita Sher-Gil’s Women

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No one celebrates like Punjabi women. I am convinced of it. The beautiful, talented, gorgeous, spirit filled women of Ottawa’s Punjabi Gidda group swept me off my feet as we gathered to sing, dance and celebrate the life and legacy of Indo-Hungarian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil. The event took place on Saturday, April 20 at the […]

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The Colours of Amrita

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Since July 2016, and perhaps even earlier, the paintings of Amrita Sher-Gil have been an obsession. It is not just that the colours seem to cause a physical shift in my body, but that the characters start moving and speaking straight out of the paintings. As a dancer I am intrigued. I have been meditating […]

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SNOWANGELS 1

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What is the sound of snow? Working in the form of Kathak, one is constantly interpreting life through the sound of the bells…ghungroo…the hundreds of tiny bells wrapped meticulously around the ankles of all of us Kathak dancers. The bells and the feet combine to make a unique musical instrument that creates a dance of […]

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Canadian Kathavachan

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I have been fortunate to study at the feet of the great Kathavachaks of our time, Pandit Birju Maharaj, his nephew, Guru Munna Lal Shukla, Dr. Maya Rao, Pandita Rohini Bhate. All revered gurus whose deep study and creative genius enriched the tradition of Kathak and Kathavachan. These great gurus have told countless stories, many […]

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Dancing along the silk road

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Silk Road Melody takes me on journey through unknown geographies of the heart. It always amazes me that the process of a project from conception to realization is completely unpredictable. I begin by creating it, and it ends by creating me. So it has been with the journey along the silk route with Sufi poets. […]

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Welcome to Cloud Kathak

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With this blog I bring my love of dance — and Kathak in particular — to the conversation in the cloud. I hope this floating conversation will lure people to the practice, here on earth. Kathak presents us with a wonderful paradox. The feet of the Kathak dancer are firmly planted in the earth forming a deep […]