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Kathak, Tap Dancing Mesmerized the Audiences at Rajarani Temple

It was cool and pleasant evening with a serene atmosphere which featured the renowned Kathak dance maestro Pandit Chitresh Das and Emmy award winner Tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith from USA with their best of Kathak and Tap dance in a Jugalbandi performance entitled the Fastest Feet in Rhythm. 

Organized by the United Consulate General, Hyderabad in association with Odisha Tourism inside the Rajarani Temple premises, this event drew a huge crowd on the Friday evening on 8th February 2013. At the outset of the rhythm programme Jason displayed some intricacies of footwork synchronizing beautifully to the accompaniment of Piano by Theodore Hill, Bass by Sascha Jacobsen and  Drum by Andrew Atkinson.

In the 2nd phase it was Pandit Chitresh Das who enthralled the audiences by the rhythm and footwork of Kathak with nimble movements and pirouettes. Based on the concept of “innovation within tradition” Pandit Das has explored the boundaries of Kathak, creating compelling, new works and techniques that are inventive yet deeply rooted in the classical tradition.   Accompanied by Biplab Bhattacharyya on Tabla, Jayanta Banerjee on Sitar and Debasish Sarkar on Vocal, Pandit Chitresh Das showcased some of his innovative choreographies in Kathak. 

Then the duo maestros performed Jugalbandi intermingling the tradition of East and West punctuating  the nuances of both Kathak and Tap dancing. It was a beautiful blend of vocal, Instrumental and dancing. Even it was in Abhinaya, the expressive form of dance by Pandit Chitresh Das who captivated the Rasikas present in the evening.

The function was graced by Soubhagya Ranjan Dhal, Accountant General, Katherine Dhanani, Console General, US Consulate General, Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Susil Kumar Dash, Director, Culture. The programme was compered by  Srinivas Ghatuari, Smt, Snigdha Pattnaik & Gurudit Singh.

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