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Japanese tunes meet Kathak beats

Maneesha Sathe and Yasuhito Takimoto have devised a unique Indo-Japanese act titled Divine Confluence, which will feature Kathak steps on the beats of Japanese music

Kathak dancer Maneesha Sathe and Japanese musician Yasuhito Takimoto have come up with an Indo-Japanese fusion act. In 2006, Sathe’s Maneesha Nrityalaya Kathak Dance Institute performed this distinctive fusion at Shaniwar Wada, which fetched a tremendous response. The act will be performed in the city soon.

The performances
The performances will feature Indian and Japanese culture forms

Termed Divine Confluence, the act merges two diverse art forms to create a unique act combining the two traditions. The act will see three generations performing as Sathe, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter, will perform Kathak on Japanese music.

The performances
The performances will feature Indian and Japanese culture forms

“The term Divine Confluence stands for the junction of two rivers or sangam, which elaborates the meeting of two traditions i.e. Indian Kathak and Japanese music,” says Sathe.

Kathak
Representative  pic.

Divine Confluence will commence with a Ganesh Vandana. At the event, Ho ko ro mo Takimoto and Amaya Takimoto (daughters of Yasuhito Takimoto), who learnt Kathak from Sathe, are going to perform Kathak on the beats of Taiko (Japanese percussion instruments). Plus, it will feature a solo performance by Yo Shiyo who is famous for his Taiko performances. Traditional Japanese dragon dances will be performed as well.

Japanese musician Yasuhito Takimoto and Kathak dancer Maneesha Sathe
Japanese musician Yasuhito Takimoto and Kathak dancer Maneesha Sathe

“From 1991 to 2014, we have been improvising in every show. This is our fourth show in Pune and I am sure the audience will find it innovative,” adds Sathe.

Yasuhito Takimoto observes, “I am fortunate to be with Maneesha for so many years. Because of her, I got to know the intricacies of Kathak and North Indian Taal patterns. I like to visit Pune and be with Maneesha’s family. I adore watching her and her students dancing. I feel like family when I am here. This time, we are here to celebrate Maneesha’s 61st birthday and show our gratitude towards her.”

On: November 8 and 9, 6 pm to 8 pm
At: Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, Swargate.
Donor passes will be available at the following venues: Tilak Smarak Mandir, Balgandharva Rangamandir, Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, from November 1.

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