Come See A Glimpse Of Kathak At The 8th Annual New York City Dance Parade & Festival!



Come see a glimpse of Kathak at the 8th annual New York City Dance Parade and Festival!

Kathak (Hindi: कथक, Urdu: کتھک) is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.

Dien Magno will perform “Kaliya Daman,” or The Subduing of Kaliya. In this story of overcoming fear and obstacles, a playful and mischievous boy named Krishna (who represents action, triumph) plays keep-away with his friends, then throws the wooden toy ball into the river. His friends (who represent fear, uncertainty) plead with him to not retrieve the ball, but he dives in anyway in search of it. He sees the tail of the demon serpent Kaliya (who represents obstacles, challenge), yanks it and wakes the angry serpent up. A battle ensues, but who will win? In the end, Krishna defeats Kaliya, who reveres the little boy’s will, tenacity and strength.

WHERE: Tompkins Square Park in NYC, Main Stage
WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 6 p.m.

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Dien Magno has been studying with world-renowned Kathak guru and maestro Pt. Chitresh Das at the Chhandam School of Kathak Dance since 2001 while she was in college at San Francisco. In addition to her guru, she maintains her training under the guidance of Pt. Das’ senior disciple, Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert, of the Chhandika Institute of Kathak Dance in Boston. Dien has performed in Boston and in New York, where she currently lives, promoting Kathak tradition, history, culture and universal philosophies.