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Monday, February 23, 2015


(Ishka Nanoo)

Kala Darshan – Institute of classical music and dance - presents the Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh (inaugural Kathak performance) of Ishka Nanoo on February 28 Chatsworth. Live music accompaniment will be provided by the senior music students of Kala Darshan.

Ishka is the senior student of Guru Shri Manesh Maharaj and has been undergoing rigorous training in Kathak for the past 12 years. Her Rangmanch Pravesh marks the beginning of her professional career as a ‘Kathakar’ (a professional Kathak artist).

A Rangmanch Pravesh is a milestone in the life of a dancer. It demands complete control and command over the intricacies and nuances of Kathak. It is a culmination of many years of discipline, perseverance and devotion where the dancer presents her art before a live audience.

Kathak is one of the eight major classical dance forms of India. It has its origins in the remote temples of Northern India and is steeped in divinity. It later flourished in the courts of the Mughal emperors and evolved into a chamber art having the technique and expression in predominance. Kathak is distinguished by rapid pirouettes, complex footwork and evocative expressions. It is one of the most cherished and loved classical dance forms in the world today.

Kala Darshan invites all dance lovers to this spiritual experience as Ishka continues this great legacy and cultural heritage into the new generation. Her vision is to enrich the cultural soil of South Africa with her art and to pass on her knowledge to the younger generation.

The Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh of Ishka Nanoo will take place on February 28 at the Pattundeen Theatre (Aryan Benevolent Homes – Unit 6, Chatsworth) commencing at 14h00. For invites to the Rangmanch Pravesh contact 082 422 6865. Admission is free.