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Shovana Narayan's kathak - Yudhishthir and Draupadi

Yudhisthar and Draupadi

The dance-theatre 'Yudhishtir and Draupadi' has been performed several times, not only in Delhi but also in Nepal, Punjab and Kerala. It has won raving reviews all over. This production, even though based on an event in one of our great epics, 'The Mahabharata', yet is so contemporary, as it explores various facets of human nature. It could be the story of any person; it could be articulating the innate unsaid feelings of a person. It makes a person think, laugh, sympathize, enjoy but above all …..  it talks about relationships which are eternal  ….  traditional yet so very modern! More...

How to play tabla - Ustad Zakir Hussain teaching


For a solo recital:

  • Begin with a basic beat

Or you could:

  • Begin with something like - kate nana x4
  • Go on to dha dhin dhin dha, ta dhin dhin dha x4
  • Improvise on the basic beat
  • End with something simple like trkt dha x3 dhin

Lucknow gharana kathak - Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj's rendition for film Devdas: An example from Lucknow gharana of Kathak. The choreography is by Birju Maharaj, the ruling doyen of Lucknow gharana Kathak, from the Bindadin-Kalka family of the Nawabi period in Lucknow. The lyrics are courtesy Birju Maharaj from his ancestral collection. This song was written especially for Kathak by Bindadin, the man who made this family famous.
Birju Maharaj is now based in Delhi, yet his ancestral home survives in Golaganj locality of Lucknow. This dyorhi is heritage material, and even now, Kathak dancers visit the place to pay thier respect to the family of kathaaks. Birju Maharaj specialises in Bhaav and abhinay aspects of Kathak dance.
Bol for Kathak dance
maalti gundhaay kesh pyare ghunghurwale
mukh daamini si damkat, chaal matwaari
dhaay shyam rok lai aur chakh mukh choom lai
sar se mori chunari gayi sarak sarak
kaahe chher chher mohe garwa lagaye


Gajendra Moksha, Sanskrit text

Gajendra moksha episode occurs in Srimad Bhagwat Purana's Canto 8, Chapters 2, 3 & 4. It is the story of an elephant king, Gajendra, who was rich and successful in life, and enjoyed all the trappings that come with wealth. Yet, when in serious danger from crocodile Graah, none of his friends and riches offered help. He then prayed to God, who helped him instanteously. Sage Shukdev narrated this episode to king Parikshit. The literary value of this text is par excellence as is its power to guide towards spiritual evolution.More...

Meera bai bhajan - Mharo pranam Banke Bihari

Braj sahitya literature evolved around Krishna in Brajbhoomi - Vrindavan and its surrounding areas. Braj sahitya has lived in the oral tradition through music. Bhajan, sawaiya, dohe, pad, shloka, styles of writing poetry all find a place here. Similarly, the languages are as varied as the tongues that devotees' could speak. Sanskrit, the local dialect Braj-bhasha, Bangla, Marwari, and more regional dialects find place in Braj literature.


This Meera bhajan, sung by Kishori Amonkar is a fine example of Braj literature. This song is a greeting to Banke Bihari. It also describes him and Radha.More...

Sanskrit - Renewed interest...

The Metroploitan Opera, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues registers a new interest...

The Metropolitan Opera Fills House with Sanskrit Lovers:More...

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