Part 1

Kathak Solos

Balbir Singh Dance Company combines contemporary western dance with classical north Indian dance, Kathak. By way of introduction to our work, Company dancer Abirami Eswar, student of Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar, will present three short pieces of Kathak dance. Abi will later dance in The Two Fridas.

1. Saraswati Vandana

Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, arts, of beauty, music and truth. All Hindus from musicians to scientists pray to her for guidance and knowledge. She is adored by the Indian Gods.

Saraswati Vandana is an important Hindu mantra that is recited for music, knowledge and wisdom.

Our dancer asks ‘O Goddess Saraswati, please protect me and remove my ignorance.’

‘O Goddess Saraswati, please protect me and remove my ignorance’

2. Tarana

The Tarana, inspired by Persian and Arabic languages, depicts the beauty of the rhythm in Kathak through various movements and a combination of rhythmic phrases in classical Indian music.

‘The beauty of the rhythm in Kathak, inspired by Persian and Arabic languages’

3. Hamsadhvani in Jhaptaal

Hamsadhvani means ‘the cry of the swan’ and it is a famous raga from Indian classical music.

The hamsa/hansa are the names for male and female swans in India. They are described as messengers, as a symbol of the individual spirit, and as a vehicle for Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.

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