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The month of October presents us with the rare opportunity to watch disciples of renowned kathak danseuse, Guru Bandana Sen, celebrate their guru’s birthday with a magical evening of pure kathak, a fusion of Persian dance and kathak, and a dance drama, Naari.
Sen’s students, Sangita Nandy and Dipanwita Sengupta, are Bay Area residents and teach their own students with a passion and devotion that can only be attributed to their training as dancers through the Guru Shishya Parampara. Nandy, who has been dancing for last 13 years, says that her guru is a living symbol of the maxim. “Dance is divine. One can achieve peace and the eternal truth of life through devotion in dance.”
In the first half of the program, Nandy and Sengupta will present pure Kathak accompanied with numerous students and guest artists Susmita Bhattacharya and Pragya Dasgupta.
The second half will consist of the dance-drama presentation called Naari that depicts a writer’s narrative of a woman being the most wondrous creation of nature and the various roles she plays all through her life as a mother, daughter, wife, sister, and friend. A special attraction is a Persian dance and kathak fusion with the Berenji Dance Academy.
Proceeds will benefit the Bay Area charity Ankura. So mark the date and come by to enjoy this rather unique birthday celebration of a dancer par excellence, as well as support a great cause.
Oct. 25, 4 p.m. Main Theater, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. (415) 482-8015, (510) 668-0525.

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