Artiste Dheerendra Tiwari is set to make revelations to those who believe that Kathak offers no more than twirls and pirouettes. His performance at the National Centre of the Performing Arts (NCPA) aims bring a fresh perspective to the dance.
“The word Kathak is derived from the word katha which means the art of story telling. A kathak dancer makes use of hands and body along with facial expressions to tell a story through song and music. In my performance I will pay an ode to my teachers who trained me in Kathak,” says Tiwari.
The dancer will perform on the compositions from the Atharvaveda. The repertoire is divided into three pieces and audiences will also get a glimpse of famous Kathak dancer, Aditi Mangaldas’ choreography in the first piece.
“I am very excited to perform a piece — Guruve Namaha choreographed by Aditiji in the first composition. This will be followed by the next component Angarag where I will depict Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Ganesha to give a message that the divine is found within. This piece is choreographed by Ravindra Gangani of the Jaipur gharana. My performance will conclude with Gatanika where I will make use of crisp footwork and fast motion twirls to depict the three
revered Hindu gods,” explains the dancer.
The performance will have live as well as recorded music. The rich harmonics of the musical instrument Pakhawaj will add its charm to the performance through its bass sound to depict the wilder side of Shiva.
Trained under maestros such as Ruchi Sharma, Topash Giri and Rajendra Gangani, the dancer has practised dance since the past 17 years and is also a teacher at Drishtikon Dance Foundation led by Aditi Mangaldas. He has performed at international venues in countries such as South Africa, Spain, and London.
“I am paying a tribute to my teachers through my performance. I am looking forward to perform in Mumbai as the audiences here are very receptive
to various dance forms,” concludes Tiwari.
When: October 30, 7 pm onwards
Where: Little Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point