Ex­cit­ing dance show to cel­e­brate Di­wali

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Dancer Manesh Ma­haraj will per­form what has been de­scribed as a “high-oc­tane 75-minute ex­po­si­tion of kathak” – a dance form that fea­tures very in­tri­cate foot­work and highly ex­pres­sive fa­cial and hand ges­tures as a form of sto­ry­telling.

The solo work Trid­hara, which is cur­rently on a na­tional tour, will be ac­com­pa­nied on tabla by Revash Dookhi and mri­dan­gam by Mo­ganathan Chetty

Pro­moter Aarti Naro­tam says, “Trid­hara aims to tran­scend var­i­ous, mu­sic and dance iden­ti­ties to present art through a com­pre­hen­sive id­iom.”

The in­clu­sion of the mri­dan­gam, a pri­mary rhyth­mic ac­com­pa­ni­ment in Car­natic mu­sic from the South of In­dia joins the tabla and kathak from the North.

“Com­mu­ni­cat­ing through the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of mu­sic forms the core of this in­no­va­tive of­fer­ing lay­ered with the chal­leng­ing quest to ex­tract Rasa – the essence of emo­tive states through per­cus­sive sounds while re­strain­ing the use of melody,” Naro- tam said.

Trid­hara is a cel­e­bra­tion of Shas­triya Sangeet (In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic and dance) as a tran­scen­den­tal lan­guage con­nect­ing three artists from dif­fer­ent back­grounds through spirit and their love of mu­sic.

A rich mu­si­cal score, vi­brant chore­og­ra­phy and pul­sat­ing rhythms make Trid­hara ap­peal­ing to a di­verse au­di­ence, Naro­tam says.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful run in Dur­ban and Johannesburg, Trid­hara makes its way to Port El­iz­a­beth be­fore head­ing to Cape Town.

The per­for­mance forms part of Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions, as well as 30 years of ex­is­tence for the Port El­iz­a­beth-based Nir­vana Per­form­ing Arts Cir­cle. Ad­di­tional spon­sors in­clude Con­sul Gen­eral Of­fice, Dur­ban and Na­tional Arts Coun­cil.

The show will be staged at the KGM Hall, Mountview Drive, Mal­abar on Satur­day 28 Oc­to­ber 2017 start­ing at 6pm, with tick­ets at R60. For more in­for­ma­tion and ticket book­ings con­tact Aarti Naro­tam at 082 515 5051

Photo: Sup­plied

Kathak dancer Manesh Ma­haraj will per­form on 28 Oc­to­ber with tabla player Revash Dookhi and mri­dan­gam player Mo­ganathan Chetty.

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