Padmavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, the legendary Kathak dance master from India, will perform Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. V Premanand Theater & Concert Hall of Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431.
Chandrachur Bhattacharjee will accompany Maharaj in sitar; Utpal Ghoshal in Tabla and world-renowned dancer and senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen will act as a narrator.
Pandit Birju Maharaj is the artistic director of his company; he is internationally recognized as the champion of ‘Kathak’ North Indian classical dance.
He also knows perfectly the bhav batana style of emotive singing, expressing the feelings of the song and the emotions of the character through facial expression, hand gestures, intonation and expression, a treat for the eyes and ears!
Birju Maharaj was born in 1937 from a family of Kathak dancers. He was taught by his family as a child and grasped his skills that have evolved to make him the foremost master in Kathak dance.
The cultural title Pandit that means to be a master of one’s own form and that clearly describes Maharaj’s dance forms in motion. He guided the re-popularization of Kathak by marrying elements of the ancient, holy, secular, and later dramatic styles while using multiple dancers in his choreography. As an imaginative artist, Birju Maharaj integrates pure classical movements and style with a distinctly contemporary use of space in his choreographies.
Pandit Birju Maharaj holds many awards, including: Sangeet Natak Academy Award – highest civilian arts award in India; and the Padma Vibhushan -the highest presidential award for achievement in India. He and his company have traveled the world.
Tickets are $25 and $18. For information visit www.kathadance/Birju.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board and General Mills Foundation. Photos are by Avinash Pasricha.