Kathak Through the Ages is a dance theatre and mixed media production, where the journey of Kathak will be retold through movement, music and design for the very first time.
We will trace its origins in the temples of North India and Rajasthan, its suppression, revival in the courts of the Rajput Kings and Emperors Akbar, Jehangir and later Wajid Ali Shah to its present form on the proscenium stage.
Historical veracity meets artistry as related influences and inspirations of music - Dhrupad, Taraana, Thumris, Khayaals and Ghazals, the design motifs of the Hindu and Islamic architecture, jewellery, costuming, miniature paintings, philosophers/saint poets from the Bhakti movement and Sufism, all come together to recreate the opulence and sustained quality of this living tradition of dance. Celebrated Guru, dance curator and President of India awardee - Dr. Maya Rao will be accompanied by her daughter Madhu Nataraj and 15 internationally traveled dancers of the Natya and STEM Dance Kampni. Collaborators for music, set/costume design, illustrative multimedia, stage design and lighting will guide this mega choreography, which will premiere at the Chowdiah Memorial Auditorium in Bangalore before traveling to other cities in India.