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    Nrityanidhi takes you through the diverse Indian cultural landscape

    Kathak school, Nrityanidhi presents its annual showcase, Dhwani with this year’s theme being Itiha – Derived From Tradition. Marking the school’s 10th year, Itiha is the essence of what Nrityanidhi stands for and what they’ve been doing for the past decade – bringing contemporary kathak to the forefront of the modern cultural scene.

    On the cards
    The show, promises to be a vibrant and energetic affair with music drawn from different periods. The dancers will present audiences with a reinterpretation of age old traditions that mark the various Indian cultures. The production includes influences of poets like Amir Khusro and other numbers that reflect the true essence of India. Also woven into these ancient tunes, are modern day compositions like Sawaar Loon, from the film Lootera, Pathaka Guddi (Highway), and Tamil hit Alai Payuthey.
    “We wanted to highlight the numerous cultures of India, for example Pathaka Guddi is Punjabi, Alai Payuthey represents Tamil Nadu, and Sawar Loon borders on Assamese,” explains Ashwini.

    Back story
    Started by Shoma Kaikini, with her sister Ashwini Kaikini joining her later, Nrityanidhi seeks to build ‘spiritual exuberance through dance’. While showing a great respect for Indian classical art, the Kaikinis have created their own modern form of dance, drawing heavily from kathak and blending contemporary and classic elements in their work. Currently they have branches in Mumbai and Bangalore and their troupe has performed in various locations in India and China. Rs.250 upwards. At Alliance Francaise, Vasant Nagar. Details: 9986761667

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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