With the intent of spreading the art of kathak, Shankara Dance Academy hosts a trinity of kathak legends. Pandit Birju Maharaj, the unparalleled dance master of Lucknow gharana expanding his expertise as a brilliant musician, composer, choreographer, percussionist, teacher and poet.
In a serendipitous spirit of guru-shishya parampara, Pandit Birju Maharaji dances with two of his disciples—both renowned artists and teachers in their own right, Saswati Sen and Abhay Shankar Mishra.
Saswati Sen is the senior most disciple of Maharaj-ji and Abhay Shankar Mishra choreographs dances using all three gharana traditions.These three artists prove that this classical dance form is still relevant, as they move you by their command of rhythm, music, movement, grace, and class; expressing complexities and emotions so simply in an effortless elegance. Their expression crosses boundaries and connects us with the creative artist within us all.
Accompanied by a live orchestra and musicians including Utpal Ghoshal, Anirban Bhttacharyaa, and Uday Shankar Mishra, Paul Livingstone and Rupesh Kotecha.
Shankara Dance Academy’s Arti Manek, a kathak artist, is a disciple of Abhay Shankar Mishra who is also a visiting teacher at this academy.
Sunday, August 23, 6:30 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine. www.shankaradance.com. $40 and up. 714-299-3525.