It is at the dawn of Vedic Civilization the mythical course of the Mightiest River -Saraswati is divinely celebrated as an ideal of motherhood & knowledge. Her banks are claimed to have nourished all of the major social, cultural, artistic & literary developments, which profoundly impacted Vedic development, and that is why Saraswati is credited as being a symbol of knowledge.
This choreography traces the Mighty River in three phrases, its birth, youth and matured stage. In the beginning its depicts Saraswati as a naïve and young girl explorative & excited in nature.
As all other young woman there comes a phase in her life when she steps out of her childhood and falls in love with this world and develops a relationship with others that she is comes across. Her love for humanity is embodied as an endless flow of dance, vibrantly expressing elegant dance imageries, inclining the senses and awareness towards the incredible relation between herself those who lived on her banks.
The exploration condenses into the final scene of retrospection,( According to ancient scriptures and scientific geographical evidence, the Great Saraswati River was stolen and or disappeared, which disrupted the lifeline of people who was nourished by her continuous flow) which expands on the inner truth of self realization that we all are part of the absolute self and at the same time we are complete within ourself as the absolutes resides in us.
Choreography Sudeshna Maulik
Guest Choreographer Padma Bhushan Kumudini Lakhia
Music Esha Sanyal(Kolkata)
Costume Niloy Sengupta (Kolkata)
no of dancers 3. Kathak and contemporary dancers.
Ganga' is derived from the etymological root 'gam,' meaning to "to go." Indeed, Ganga is the "Swift-Goer," and the running, flowing, and energetic movement of her waters is constantly mentioned as one of the major reasons behind her purifying attributes.
Shiva becomes the facilitator for Ganga's smooth fall to the earth. But if Shiva saves the world from the power and force of Ganga's torrent, it is also Ganga, who in a similar manner, saves us from Shiva's scorching powers of destruction.
Ganga's residence in the matted locks of Shiva further gives her the place as the second wife of Shiva besides Uma, who happens to be Ganga's sister, as they both are daughters of King Himavan. Thus, in the Skanda Purana, Shiva is married to both the sisters, Ganga and Uma.They are dependent of each other they are veicles for one anathor.
Taal Dhammar - 14 beats. (Representation of Shiva) If Teental is considered as the king of all talas, Dhammar can be well- termed as shah-en-shah (king of kings) The abstract presentation takes on the powerful Taal Dhammar to depict the energy and force of Lord Shiva .
Taal Teental-16 beats (Symbolizing Ganges) Emphasizing on the contrast of Shiva with the running, free-flowing Ganges; the dancer has chosen the highly dynamic madya & drut teental to represent the swift course of the river once she leaves the matted locks of the lord to nourish mother earth and humanity.
Kathak dance with live tabla and sarod.
Kathak is an age-old Indian dance form, rarely seen in on Quebec’s stages. Hands and Feet hints at beauty and the sacred by merging kathak, a pure and narrative North Indian dance, along with the pure energy of live music. The grace and rhythm of these two elements will make for a fascinating journey.
The partnership and the strong relationship between the dancer and the percussionist will be explored within the format of the classical dance form. Nowadays, the technique of kathak is characterized by fast rhythmic footwork set to complex time cycles. The footwork is matched by the accompanying percussion instrument: tabla. The dancer and percussionist indulge in a virtuoso display of rhythmic wizardry, with the two artists acting as one; the dancer’s feet and the tabla player’s hands perform together in unison. The dance movements include numerous pirouettes executed at lightning speed and ending in statuesque poses. Expressions (bhava, which is an integral part of Indian Classical dance) is integrated in this choreography, beautifully supported by the cello, uplifting the spiritual level of the collaboration. While the production will follow the traditional form of presentation to the maximum, it will also take the liberty of pushing the boundaries of tradition, which will make the presentation unique.
Traditional solo kathak accompanied by tabla and cello.
Cross roads is the journey of two different dancers who had a distant feeling of each other’s existence all this time in their native land yet met first time In Canada. They are caught in a kind of same life situation yet they are distinctly different individual’s .This search for identity is a universal phenomenon for every immigrant. But for two artistes it translated into a joint exploration of Indian dance
Their body belongs to two distinct genres of dance namely Kathak & Odissi, which being so different in there outer form yet been able to find the joy of glorious oneness in being so essentially Indian in Spirit.
A dialogue starts between the two .The dialogues transformed into movements which gradually branched out in different directions to take some definite shapes which the world can term as dance works. But for them Crossroads is an extension of their emotions, the inspiration that they have taken from rhythm & co existence of the workings of the universe, the cosmic cycles ,the planetary movements, the rise and fall of the tide ,the human life cycle……….The list is infinite , so is the search.
Dance forms (Kathak & Odissi)
Quebasia Festival At studio 303 Montreal , Canada presents Sudeshna Maulik in
Emotion 9 (Nava Rasa from Natya Sastra the treatise of Indian Dance interpreted in complete abstraction )
Mentor- Guru Padmabhusan Kumudini Lakhia(Ahmedabad India)
Concept and Choreography -Sudeshna Maulik
Music –Sunando Mukherjee (Sorodist –Kolkata)
Vocal- Anjana Nath ( Kolkata , India )
Tabla, Pakwaj-Naresh Kumar
*Kids class over the weekend (Saturday -Sunday)
Studio locations Near Metro Du College, Metro Place St Henri and Metro Monk
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Fees 65$--80$ per month depending on the level
Florida Classes (Once a month)
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All levels on one and one basis
Telephone: +1 514 467 3461
30-40$ per class depending on the level
1. Intensive Kathak training & Indian folk Dances for children and adults from 6yrs of age
2. Professional training for individual with previous knowledge in dance
NOTE: The kathak course will soon be affiliated with one of Indian government recognised boards which are entitled to give BA & Ma degree in Classical dance.