Ragini Madan has trained in ‘Kathak’ under Padmashri Shovana Narayan for over 12 years. Her style of presentation consists of a harmonious blend of Lucknow and Jaipur gharanas. She has been part of most of her guru’s dance productions and has accompanied her to various festivals in India and USA in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While in the UK for the past 9 years, she has performed in solo, duet and group compositions in various cities. She has also choreographed few group works in recent years with dancers of other Indian classical styles. In London, she has also learnt intricate Kathak techniques from Mukti Shri, a disciple of Shrimati Shama Bhate for 2 years.
Kathak, deriving its name from the Sanskrit words ‘katha’ (story) and ‘kathakar’ (storyteller), is the oldest acknowledged classical dance from the Indo- Gangetic belt, whose earliest reference is 4th century BC. Its seeds lie in the gesticulations and mime that were incorporated by the Brahmin priests, wherein they recounted mythological and moral tales. Natural movements, intricate rhythmic patterns, controlled vitality, complicated footwork, breathtaking pirouettes, abhinaya and heart rending mime are the hallmarks of Kathak. Her presentation would highlight these aspects of the traditional repertoire of Kathak.
In association with Sama Arts Network