Soak the amalgamation of classical and folk art at the Lok Gatha series

Updated: 28 January, 2018 10:24 IST | Nasrin Modak Siddiqi | Mumbai

Soak in the brilliant amalgamation of classical and folk art at the ongoing Lok Gatha series


Practice is key to excelling any art form. At the new Lok Gatha series, Riyaz Pratibimba, where the audience will experience a heady mix of folk and classical dance performances, the main aim is to drive this point home. "There's a misconception that folk dances don't require rigorous training," said Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, head programming, Dance, NCPA, adding that just like classical dances, folk artistes too undergo rigorous rehearsals from a young age in order to achieve perfection. For the presentation this year, the Mayurbhanj Chhau Performing Unit from Balipatna, Orissa, will take the stage. Under the guidance of Kathak exponent Shama Bhate, who has extensively worked with chhau, the presentation will show stories of Shiva and Hanuman performed by the group in Chhau and Kathak.


The evening will also feature a Tera taali dance by women from the Kamara community in Rajashthan. Here, the dancer strikes on the cymbals tied to different parts of her body. "We delibeartely incorporated folk forms of Chhau and Tera taali for this show as they require several years of focused practice," added Dasgupta.

Apart from these performances, the audience will also get to witness Mumbai-based folk artiste Vaishali Sagar and her troupe, Hojagiri from Tripura and Gudum baja from Madhya Pradesh "While we have an interesting mix from different parts of India, our focus is on the rigour, which is an intrinsic property in most of the folk dances of India," said Dasgupta.

WHEN: 6.30 PM
WHERE: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 400 and Rs 300

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