This is a dream platform for every classical dancer in India and this year, Jayashreeji was invited to perform on it. The week-long Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad each year in Feburary against the backdrop of the spectacular architecture of the Khajuraho temples. Dance lovers from across India and from international destinations flock here each year for a treat of India’s diverse dance forms.
This year, Jayashreeji and her troupe, showcased a mix of technical and abhinaya- based compositions at Khajuraho, bringing the magi of Kucknow gharam to the prestigious festivals. Particularly, this was a fantastic opportunity for the young dancers in her troupe to be exposed to a much wider and knowledgeable audience.
With one week to go, the preparations for Prayas 2016 are in full swing in our studio. Do join us for an evening of sangeet and nrittya that would not have been possible without the blessings of our gurus and the generous support of our well wishers from across the globe! We are extra excited to welcome the wonderful and exceptionally talented artist Bickram Ghosh as Chief Guest for our show. Do join us!
From the archives. Jayashreeji perfoming Jog Tarana. Composition by Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh
Guru Jayashree Acharya was honoured with an invitation to perform at the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum recently. The event,’Uttaradhikar’ was organised by the Sanskriti Sanchanalay on 23rd October, 2016. Jayashreeji, along with fellow kathak exponent Barun Banerjee and her students, regaled the audience with stellar performances which received wide press coverage. Some images and media reports:
Baithaks are an important part of Rasik Performing Art’s repertoire. In addition to the advantages of interacting with renowned artists in an intimate setting, Guru Jayashree Acharya hopes to use the baithak format as an opportunity for young dancers to experiment with new ways of expression before an audience comprising of their peers and well-wishers.
In this spirit, Rasrang, to be held on 27th of August 2016 at Nirvana Country, Gurgaon, will bring forth short pieces conceptualized and choreographed by Jayashreeji’s students. We welcome everyone who wishes to encourage the young dancers, who have worked hard to push the boundaries of their art.
19th July 2016
Like every year, Guru Jayashree Acharya organised a guru poornima pooja at the Nirvana Country studio in Gurgaon. Following tradition, students paid obeisance to God and Guru alike and anointed their ghunghroos with teeka and flowers as they prayed for another year of inspiration and learning. It was easy to sense to excitement of the girls, all decked up in their best Indian clothes, and it was touching to see the special efforts they had made to make the occasion special.
Celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Ashadha, this is a day to pay respects and express gratitude to spiritual gurus. The tradition extends to academic teachers and is robustly observed by practitioners of Indian classical arts, including kathak. Lord Buddha is believed to have given his first sermon on this day, at Sarnath, just outside Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Rasik Performing Arts continued its tradition of organising intimate baithaks. With Rasrang, held on 7th May 2016, our studio in Nirvana Country, Gurgaon saw the focus shift to Hindustani classical music with the showcasing of a phenomenal new talent. Upcoming artist Ramakant Gaikwad of the Patiyala gharana, son of well-known artists Shri Suryakant Gaikwad and Shrimati Sangita Gaikwad, presented an impressive range of items carefully chosen from the repertoire handed down to him by the great gurus of the gharana.
Not yet 30 years old, Ramakant’s youth belies his tremendous talent and dedication to his art form. This was evident as he vowed the audience with his gayaki. Accompanied by renowned tabla artist Shiv Shankar Ray as well as Paromita Banerjee on the harmonium, Ramakant presented a range of items including vilambit in Raag Yaman, thumri ‘Mein bhej piya pachhtayi’ in Raag Mishra Bageshri, and bhajan ‘sadho rachna ran banai’, finishing with the popular bandish ‘ka karun sajnaa aaye na baalam’.
Baithaks such as this one are held regularly by Rasik Performing Arts in an attempt to popularize Indian classical music and dance among contemporary audiences that are more attuned to commercial forms of entertainment. Founders Jayashree Acharya and Shiv Shankar Ray have worked hard at nurturing a passionate group of those who enjoy and appreciate the classical arts through regular kathak classes, workshops and baithaks in Gurgaon. The aim is to offer the opportunity for young people to have meaningful and intense artistic engagements while also preserving these important aspects of Indian culture.