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  • Photo Credit: Simon Richardson
  • Photo Credit: Simon Richardson

Kadam Pulse presents: My Soul is Alight

Start date: 8 Oct 2015

End date: 8 Oct 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £10 / £8 Conc

Venue: Hat Factory, Luton

Venue address: The Hat Factory, Bute Street, Luton, United Kingdom


Box office: 01582 878100

An evening of Kathak and Odissi dance by Katie Ryan and Parbati Chaudhury.

Indian dance has caught the imagination of the public recently with BBC Young Dancer and the Colour of Time spectacular in Luton. We bring you two fascinating dance styles: kathak with its fluid movements, complex foot rhythms and rapid-fire spins, and odissi, renowned for strength, grace and sculpturesque stances. The contrasts and complementary qualities of the two will unfold over the evening with the virtuosity of the technical pieces balanced by dramatic storytelling and emotive intensity. A joyous experience of movement, melody and rhythm.

As the evening progresses we see the evolution of the dance forms with their roots in the temples. Katie performs a duet with singer Ranjana Ghatak, based on the Bengali poet Tagore’s work, while Parbati dances to a Bach violin Partita
Parbati Chaudhury is a London-born and based dance artist and teacher. She started her training in kathak from age of 8, from several teachers and continues under the tutelage of Urja Desai Thakore. This year she received two dance awards: the Yuva award at London’s Southbank Centre and the Nritya Ratna from Milapfest for the most promising dancer under 30.

Katie Ryan trained in odissi for twenty years in the UK and India. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2008. Her work is intense but reflective and dance critic Donald Hutera has praised the ‘refined precision and quiet rapture in her performance’ Pulse magazine June 2015.