Vidya Patel – Kathak Mosaic

Vidya Patel – Kathak Mosaic

STYLE: Indian Classical/Contemporary Dance

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste 

Time: 14.00-14.15 & 19.00-19.15 (Saturday)/ 14.25-14.35 & 18.30-18.45 (Sunday)

Set to be one of the festival’s dance highlights, Kathak Mosaic is a trio of performances (2 solo, 1 duet), performed by the amazing Vidya Patel, the winner of the South Asian category in this year’s BBC Young Dancer Competion, from the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company.  

‘Two by Two’ is a piece especially commissioned for the Edinburgh Mela, choreographed by Canada based choreographer Hari Krishnan. It explores Kathak in a contemporary way bringing together two styles, two cultures and two dancers. It reflects the way two British born dancers have embraced the classical Indian dance form whilst still being very much British in their everyday lives.

The two solo pieces ‘Tarana’ & ‘Lamha’ are performed by Vidya and she is joined for the duet ‘Two by Two’ by Jaina Modasia, also a BBC Young Dancer finalist. ‘Tarana’ is a highly technical piece of Kathak repertoire, with characteristic lightning speed footwork and multiple spins and pirouettes  choreographed by Sujata Banerjee & Luna Poddar. ‘Lamha’ means particular moment and in this piece, choreographed by Urja Desai Thakore and commisioned especially for the BBC Young Dancer competition, strong emotions of anger, frustration and helplessness are translated in to Kathak moves in choreography not typical in Indian classical dance.

Vidya Seated - Overhead shot - Larger[6]

Photography credit: Simon Richardson


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