An Evening with Kathak Doyen Mahua Shankar

Lucknow: SPIC MACAY has been always spearheading the work of taking classical Music to the younger lot so that it is not erased from memory of the coming generations. Continuing its efforts to spread the word far and wide, Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Gomti Nagar saw a Kathak performance by renowned and dedicated Kathak dancer, Vidushi Mahua Shankar. An empanelled artist of ICCR in the category of established Kathak dancers she is an A Grade Kathak artist from Delhi Doordarshan. She is also a disciple and protégé of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, and a Gandha Bandh Shaagird of the great Sarangi Maestro Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan. Organised by SPIC MACAY, the session was initiated with Zaheen Khan on Tabla, Shuheb Hasan on Harmonium and Vocals, and Nupur Shankar on Padhant.

The event commenced with the Krishna Vandana, after which Mahua went on to share with the students the ‘Yatra of Kathak’ from temples to zamindars to the Mughal courts with the emergence of the Lucknow gharana. The portrayal of rhythm through music and dance – thumri and jugalbandi mesmerised all. Her interactions with students, answering their queries acted as a source of inspiration for the young minds.

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