Friday, 6 July 2018 to Friday, 6 July 2018
Upasana has the great honour to present our Guru, Padmavibhushan Pt. BIrju Maharaj in concert in Ottawa. We are delighted to be celebrating Mahraji ji’s 80th birthday with him in this hallmark tour.
The evening is an homage to our Guru and the lineage of the Lucknow Gharana. The blessing of the guru extends for generations - Maharaji, myself and my students. We in Ottawa are fortunate to have three generations of artists who are taking forward the legacy and traditions of Lucknow Gharana Kathak.
I have been fortunate to be the disciple of Guru Pt. BIrju Maharaj, and it is through his inspired teaching that I have continued his Kathak curriculum at Upasana the Spirit of Dance with branches in Ottawa and Toronto. Over the years we have instilled a love of tradition and reverence to the Guru in hundreds of students.
Please join us in celebrating this incredible lineage of dance music and storytelling with performances by Pt. BIrju Maharaj, his disciple VIdushi Saswati Sen, and Ottawa disciples Saveeta Sharma and Deepti Gupta and the next generation of dancers at Upasana.
There will also be workshops and master classes as follows:
⦁ Master Class: Senior and professional dancers are invited to attend an exclusive series of master classes with Pt. BIrju Maharaj. Please inquire for details. July 3,4,5 3 pm – 5 pm. For the three day master classes, $350*.
⦁ Open Workshop: An open workshop for Kathak dancers at diverse levels of training with Pt. BIrju Maharaj and Smt. Saswati Sen accompanied by live music. July 3, 4, 5 from 6 pm – 8 pm. For the three day open workshops, $300*.
⦁ Abhinaya Workhop: An open workshop for dancers in all Indian dance forms: Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali etc. An exclusive workshop on nuances of abhinaya with Pt. Birju Maharaj. Saturday July 7, 10 am – 1 pm. For the Abhinaya workshop, $150.
*Any student taking both 1 and 2 above, a total combined payment of $500.
Saveeta Sharma, M.A. (dance)
Upasana the Spirit of Dance