GHUNGROO TALES: Kathak speaks through the Ages
Kathak, an Indian Classical Dance form has its root in the Sanskrit word Katha – the story. Kathak is a unique art of story telling through dance. Kathak used 3 different categories of expressions: “Nritta” — pure dance gestures such as intricate footwork and swift pirouettes, “Nritya” — expressional dance using facial expressions and attempting to bring out true deep feelings, and “Natya”, drama and story telling through dance.
Jasmine SARKAR, artist, dancer and choreographer, received her initial training in the dance form of Kathak from Smt. Ila Poddar at the Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education in Pondicherry. She later specialized in choreography and further improved her Kathak skills under the tutelage of renowned Kathak dancers Smt Maya Rao and Smt. Chitra Venugopal at the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography in Bangalore. Jasmine has been learning and composing the Kathak dance form for more than 30 years. She has performed extensively and choreographed shows in India and abroad.