Mon 4th, Tue 5th & Wed 6th Januray 2016 | 5:30 -7:30PM
A rising name in the world of dance, known for her powerful and evocative storytelling, technical precision, delicacy and grace, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is breaking new ground, bringing a clairvoyant voice to the contemporary stage, whilst simultaneously maintaining the deep roots and traditional aspects of Kathak.
Trained for two decades under Kathak icon, the late Pandit Chitresh Das, Farah was a lead dancer in the Chitresh Das Dance Company. She is now an internationally touring soloist, performing to sold out shows of her original choreographic works, most notably, her 2015 premiere of The Twentieth Wife at Z Space in San Francisco – telling the tale of Empress Noor Jahan, through a full-length performance of dance, live music, multimedia and live narration based on the author Indu Sundaresan.
Currently touring in the US, The Twentieth Wife will tour internationally at the end of 2016. Farah is also developing her newest production based on the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition which is set to premiere in 2017.
Three-day workshop at T2F:
Mon, 4th Jan 2016 – The Fundamentals
Focusing on the four elements of Kathak – taiyaari, layakari, khubsurti aur nazakat, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of Kathak and it’s relationship with musical accompaniment (not sure if we will have more than tabla hence this general statement). Learning the basic footwork, concepts of taal, tihai and a composition to understand how the dance and music come together. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to learn and experience Kathak Yoga – a technique developed by Farah’s GuruJi, Pandit Chitresh Das
Tue, 5th Jan 2016 – The Art of Storytelling
Kathak comes from the word kathak meaning to tell stories and the kathaka is the storyteller. Utilizing the Nava Rasa (nine sentiments as structured for classical dance of India) through the kathak style, participants will learn the hastaks (hand gestures), abhinaya (mime and expression) and nritya (combination of movement and expression) through excerpts of stories, poetry and song. Participants will also experience the role of music and percussion in creating moods to enhance the dancer’s movements.
Thurs, 6th Jan 2016 – Innovation within Tradition
Explore how classical forms can continue to evolve and yet still maintain the integrity of its classical roots. Experience some of the innovations in kathak and Indian classical music, and specifically, have an introduction to the highly innovative technique of Kathak Yoga – an innovation of Farah’s GuruJi, Pandit Chitresh Das – a meditation in motion, pushing the physical and mental boundaries of the dancer.
Farah will be accompanied by Yousuf Kerai and Ustad Khurshid Hussain on tabla.
When: Mon 4th, Tue 5th & Wed 6th Januray 2016
Timings: 5:30 – 7:30PM
Fees: Rs.3000 (for 3 sessions)
To sign up:
T2F reception desk (in person)
Online Form: http://goo.gl/forms/
Note: No prior experience in dance or Kathak is required for these classes.