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Kathak Mahotsav: Parul Gupta

By Julye Huggins
Kathak Performance by Parul Gupta

Toronto is about to kick off Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012, running September 20th through 23rd at Harbourfront Centre. Now in its fifth year, the festival showcases “the adaptability and relevance of classical Kathak styles, adapting its temple origins to the present.” The festival’s website further notes that this year’s program will include four different concerts with new artists each night, including Sharda Samaroo, Salisha Purushuttam, Divya Gossai, Namita Deodhare, Nirjhum Proshanti, Sudeshna Maulik, Keisha Sooknanan, Parul Gupta, Reshmi Chetram and Hemant and Vaishali Panwar. Be sure to catch the Sunday pre-show lecture demonstration by Guru Rina Singha, “The Storyteller.”This video highlights Gupta, seen here performing choreography by Sudeshna Maulik at Kathak Mahotsav Toronto 2011. This year, she will be presenting a solo based on Jhaptaal and a duet with Chetram choreographed by Sandhya Desai.Parul is the founder, principal teacher and artistic director of Infusion Dance Studios, located in Montréal and Toronto. Her works are part of three Cirque du Soleil productions: Love, Kooza and Totem.
Learn more:Infusion Dance StudiosKathak Mahotsav Canada

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