Dance at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is the natural synchronisation of rhythm and footwork. It is an all-encompassing and engulfing celebration that spreads over six days of storytelling and confluence of cultures at the Cross Maidan. Sitting under the open skies, under a blanket of stars, each year audiences have been entertained by over 500 dancers who come together to dance their way into the hearts of the people.

The theme for the dance section this year is Prakriti meaning nature and stands for all things spontaneous, untamed, nurturing, serene, overwhelming and life giving at the same time. Each of the 48 performances this year will reflect this natural spontaneity through different dance forms.

Some of the highlights for HTKGAF 2018 include:

  • We celebrate the sustainability of everlasting joy through the natural movements in dance beginning on the first day with the rustic flavour of Maharashtra’s Dhol Tasha.
  • Renowned choreographer Deepali Vichare, who has over 85 films in her kitty, choreographs  a performance set to the melodious music of Marathi film music.
  • The evenings on other days from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. witness dance exponents, dance scholars and the Indian dance forms of Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Odissi, Manipuri, Sattriya, Dhol Cholam with Manipuri drums. The performances boast an array of repertoire like Folk Fitness, Folk dances of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Gujarat. Tagore’s Rabindrik dance from West Bengal, Martial Art forms – Kalaripayattu from Kerala, Thang-ta from Manipur, Mayurbhanj Chhau from Odisha,  put on display India’s richness and diversity.
  • ‘Maharashtra Darshan’ with folk dance forms  – Gondhal, Dindi, Mangalagur, Jogwa, Vagyamurali, Lavni – give the audiences a taste of the ‘bhoomi’ where the festival takes place year after year.
  • Dance knows no age, gender, cultural or geographical boundaries just the way nature does not, and thus there are dances from across geographies. There are Latin and Ballroom dances – Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha, Jive, Paso Doble, Waltz, Tango, Salsa.  One also catches a glimpse of dance styles Ballet, Flamenco, Contemporary, Jazz Funk and Hip Hop.
  • Celebrated Danseuse Vani Ganpathy on the opening day presents ‘Colours of Krishna’ in Bharatanatyam style.
  • Graceful and down to earth Kathak danseuse Sharmistha Mukherjee  brings us ‘Benaras’, Sandip Soparrkar brings his Latin and Ballroom dance expertise and Sumit Nagdev’s Contemporary  specialisation  gets reflected in  ‘Jan Jaati’ while actress/ designer Pernia Qureshi’s Kuchipudi  sets up for star spangled evenings.

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