“Prakirna” Celebrating Rhythm
Anonna Guha, Curator
Falak Trivedi, Asst. Curator


Rhythm is universal. The rivers flow, the breeze blows, rains pour. Man breathes, speaks, walks. He fights, laughs, cries and he cooks, plays, sings and dances.

He performs innumerable acts with a flow of speed that is sometimes slow, medium or fast keeping in keeping with his sense of urgency.

His actions and movements reflect grace and unknown to him, he rises to be beautiful. This is rhythm.

Dr. Tushar Guha
(Cif Quote Unquote, 2006)

The dance section at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2017, signifies ‘rhythm’, which comes naturally to us and is the very essence of life.

Prakirna – Celebrating Rhythm, marks the return of the Black Horse with its rhythmic gallop. It reflects the spontaneity in dance and music, the effortless footwork, the scintillating pirouettes, the graceful hand movements, the vivid animated expressions. The Celebration is of Life’s Rhythm  and of the Return of the Black Horse.

Prakirna – Celebrating Rhythm, is a celebration of togetherness reflected in the various dance performances by the differently abled, underprivileged, privileged,  youth of today and the stalwarts of Indian Classical dance – 700 dancers coming together to perform over 6 days, at the Cross Maidan. A celebration by the artistes – dancers and musicians – for the spectator, who adds momentum to a  dancer’s performance. The performances will be occasions for the spectators to celebrate, to sway, to smile and to reminisce.

True to India’s changing social milieu, the stage will be set for Indian Classical Dances – Kathakali, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Mohiniattam and will reflect India’s global approach through international dance performances. The Spanish Flamenco, Latin Ballroom Dance, Hip Hop and  Contemporary Dance will complement the rustic Maharashtrian flavour of Malkhamb, Lezim, and Lavani.  Popular dancing will be danced to Mumbai’s quintessential Bollywood songs – all creating a festive atmosphere that will be a visual treat.

Sudha Chandran’s Bharatanatyam, Dr. Anita Ratnam’s Contemporary Indian Dance, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai and Revanta Sarabhai’s duet performance, Sucheta Pal’s energetic Zumba, Gracy Singh’s ‘Divine Melodies’, Sumeet Nagdev’s Contemporary dance, Dance Sport India’s Latin & Tango, Maharashtra’s Malkhamb and Lezim, Aditi Bhagwat’s Kathak-Lavni and Mumbai’s very own Bollywood through Zindagi ke Funde by Dr. Tushar Guha’s Nrityanjali, will celebrate the Black Horse’s return in all its glory.

Acknowledgements : Dr. Tushar Guha – Nrityanjali, Dance Gurus, Dancers, Musicians and Troupe Managers