Panel Discussion - Past-Forward
Are dancers trying to make dance more palatable, popular and easily understood, in order to cater to a universal audience? The first in this series in relation to the changing art, culture and heritage scenario in the urban context, the panel will examine the variations that may have occurred in the field of DANCE by engaging the audience in an interactive session.
Dr. Tushar Guha (Kathak, Raabindrik and Folk)
Ms. Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi)
Ms. Sucheta Pal (Zumba)
MODERATOR : Ms.Gauri Sharma Tripathi (Kathak)
In Collaboration with Kala Ghoda Association
Venue - Auditorium , Visitor Centre
Tea will be served at 6 pm.
Dr. Tushar Guha is an eminent corporate trainer, psychologist, educationist, performing artiste and a personality development pioneer in India. With over 32 years of research and professional experience, he made history in the year 2000 when he became the first Doctorate in Personality Development. Founder-Chairman of Nrityanjali, an exponent of Kathak, trained under Kathak doyen Shri Lachhu Maharaj ji, Indian folk dance and western dance, he is an actor, singer, dubbing artiste, music composer and director of plays and a poet. Dr. Tushar Guha has received critical acclaim and has performed in more than 3500 shows all over the world.
Sucheta Pal is the first Ambassador and Education Specialist for Zumba®Fitness in India. She also received the ‘First Lady Award’ by the President of India for her outstanding contribution for women wellness in the country. Known for her infectious energy, she gave up her high flying corporate job as an engineer to pursue her passion for dance and fitness and is the perfect example of living your dreams via ‘alternate careers’ as they were once called.
Jhelum Paranjape is a leading dancer, teacher, choreographer in the field of Odissi dance who began her career with Shri Shankar Behera, and graduated to the doyen of Odissi, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She has performed at many national festivals and conferences in Russia, USA, Canada, Italy, Scotland, Ireland and China. She regularly conducts workshops in India and USA. She is noted for her originality in choreography, technique, stage design, and her versatility ranges from classical Odissi to experimental movements. With a passion for teaching, an addiction for aesthetics and perfection, along with a keen sense in presentation, Jhelum has given her choreography a distinct, unique flavour.
Gauri Sharma Tripathi has trained in the classical tradition of Kathak under the guidance of her Guru and mother, Padma Sharma. Under her company, Amara Nritya Kala Hansa and ANKH Dance UK, she continues to bring events like Dancing under the skies, Kathak Stanzas, and Kathak Collective. The repertory of ANKH continues to bridge the teaching and choreographic journeys between the traditional and the new. Gauri wrote the three year degree course on Kathak for London Contemporary Dance School, she was also part of the ISTD South Asian dance founding team, faculty and examiner. Presently she is a visiting faculty at Navdhara India Dance Theatre and The Danceworx, Mumbai. She has developed a vision to forge a new generation of performers who see themselves as dancers, creators, entrepreneurs. For her dance is a way of life and it reflects her artistic journey. Dance is her mantra.