Jugalbandhi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak
Episode Three: Kathak by Shaswati Sen
Kathak by Nalini and Kamalini: As Kathak became popular among the Nawabs in the royal courts a healthy competition developed among the artistes, the movements became more fast moving and vigorous to keep the Nawabs entertained. However, Hindu themes were not left out. Nawab Wasid Ali Shah himself wrote a number of songs on Krishna and his pranks, which were choreographed and danced by many dancers. His dance drama Indira Sabha had a number of Hindu characters, Just as Kathak shifted from temples to courts, after a few decades it was performed for royal families and small gatherings. Kathak was danced to Hindu songs as well as Urdu and Hindi Ghazals. This episode features Shaswati Sen, a very popular graceful star dancer, and senior disciple of Guru Birju Maharaj, performing to a urdu ghazal in Lucknow Gahanna style. This episode also features Nalini and Kamalini performing to a Tulsidas Bhajan in Banaras Gahanna style. The Duo also explain the transition of Kathak from being performed in the mosques, to the royal courts and finally as an art form on stage.
Episode Four: Kathak by Shaswati Sen
Jugalbandhi - Kathak by Nirupama and Rajendra
Bharatanatyam by Mridula and Praveen: Shaswati Sen, senior disciple of Guru Birju Maharaj explains and performs the highlights in her Guru's choreography. She then performs a Sargam, which is a pure dance number. The nuances in the costume design and jewelery worn by the Kathak artistes are also highlighted. This is followed by a jugalbandhi of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, presenting Nirupama and Rajendra for Kathak and Mridula and Praveen for Bharatanatyam. This number compares and contrasts the similarities and difference in these two classical styles.