Rasrang: Look forward to an evening of exploration in kathak

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.

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Baithak on 16 April wows audiences, brings kathak within reach

The sweltering heat of a particularly warm mid-April afternoon was no deterrent to the enthusiasm of Guru Jayashree Acharya’s students as they flitted about in excitement. As guests trickled in, senior students worked to get their guru behen Mahika Zutshi ready for her manch pravesh. Someone adjusted her dupatta, another one fixed her maang teeka and ensured the last strands of straying hair went into place.

The evening began with the younger ones, all dressed in pristine white, presenting small pieces, an evocation to the Gods, a short tarana, some technical rhythms. And then, Mahika enchanted the audience with her strong technical skills and a sincere attempt at abhinaya in the popular and beloved thumri, ‘Meri Suno Shyam’. With her guru and guru behen Mahika Nair on padhant, Shiv Shankar Ray on tabla, Pratip Banerjee on vocals and harmonium and Chandrachur Bhattacharya on sitar, Mahika was able to confidently demonstrate the nuances and intricacies of her art form. Her presentation of the complex 14-beat dhamaar was particularly appreciated.

IMG_9073 IMG_9074IMG_9081Our guest artist Ritesh Sharma represents the rarely experiences Raigarh gharana of kathak. He presented unusual lyrical and technical compositions, offering a historic background to the development of the gharana and its unusual emphasis on poetry. Riteshji teaches dance in Bhagalpur and is passionate about reviving the classical arts in small town India, among young girls and boys. Riteshji was accompanied on tabla by Utpal Ghosh, with vocals support from Pratipji, sitar accompaniment by Chandarchurji and padhant by Jayashreeji.

IMG_9076 IMG_9077The evening was graced by none other than Shri Krishna Mohan Mishraji, a renowned kathak artist and guru, who encouraged the young dancers and also their parents to remain patient in the acquisition of knowledge and skills within the classical arts.

IMG_9078 IMG_9080 Rasik Performing Arts is gratified to have successfully brought another evening of kathak to art lovers in Gurgaon in the intimate baithak format that facilitate deeper appreciation and learning of the art form’s history and practice. We are blessed to have the patronage of senior artists and gurus in all our endeavours.

Read media coverage on the baithak here.

Photo credits: Anandi Ray, Shruti Dewan

Dainik Jagran covers Rasik baithak, 16 Apr2016

Rasik performing Arts organised a baithak on 16 April 2016, where students of Jayashree Acharyaji performed. Her senior student Mahika Zutshi presented her first solo, usually known as a manch pravesh in kathak tradition, showcasing her technical prowess. Guest artist Ritesh Sharma from the Raigarh gharana of kathak offered new insights into the history and development of the classical art form and vowed the audiences with his abhinaya and lyrical compositions.

Read the media coverage of the baithak here.