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Gatha

15.10.2017

Gatha

Sunday 15 October / 11.30am / £3

 

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Pagrav Dance Company (PDC), in association with Bedford Creative Arts and Culture Challenge, presents a dynamic sharing of kathak-based storytelling performed by the students of Great Linford Primary School.  

 

Gatha is the Sanksrit term for "song" or "verse" derived from epic poetry.  

 

Over the course of a week-long workshop, PDC worked with the students of the school to create a re-telling of the Ramayana. This ancient Indian epic poem portrays the victory of good over evil, depicting the divine Prince Rama’s resolve to rescue his wife Sita from the demon King Raavana. Alongside kathak-based storytelling, the piece will feature the use of masks and narration.

 

This project is part of Pagrav Dance Company’s year-long residency at MK Gallery supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, and South East Dance.

 

 

Pagrav Dance Company

 

Pagrav Dance Company was founded by Artistic Director Urja Thakore in 1983. It was originally based in India and specialized in promoting Indian Folk Dances and Classical art-forms all over the country.

 

Now located in the UK, the company promotes traditional Kathak Dance in its purest form, whilst giving it a modern context and presentation. Alongside full performances, the company aims to provide a platform for emerging dancers based in Milton Keynes and London. In 2009 Pagrav Dance Company successfully toured its first full scale work Baharan to 8 different venues across the UK.

 

'Some magical Kathak elegance was conjured out of the smoke and mirror that set the stage for HATS, an epic solo by Urja Desai Thakore. ... I would have swapped it readily for just one more moment of magic from Urja Desai Thakore.' (Graham Watts, Resolution!2010)

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

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