Dynamic kathak duo comes to Mississauga with newest work – Reflection

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TORONTO:  Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4pm – Sampradaya Dance Creations is presenting – Reflection: A Kathak Duet on Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m., featuring a dynamic kathak duo Sudeshna Maulik (Montreal, Quebec) and Sandip Mallick (Kolkata, India). Currently touring across the US and Canada, Mississauga is the next scheduled stop to share their newest work –Reflection which will performed at Sampradaya Theatre.

Presented by Sampradaya Dance Creations under their signature series, the Kalangan Series: World of South Asian Art which brings notable South Asian artists from around the world to the local community – Reflection: A Kathak Duet will showcase the emotional and expressive relationship between dance partners though the lyrical journey of classical dance. Kathak is one of the major classical South Asian dance forms originating from Northern India. Meaning to tell a story, kathak is characterized by its rhythmic footwork and signature numerous speedy pirouettes which dancers articulate by controlling about 100 ankle bells.

Seasoned kathak dancer Sudeshna Maulik who has been dancing since the age of seven and has trained with notable gurus including legendary choreographer Kumudini Lakhia has teamed up with Sandip Mallick, founder of the esteemed Nadam institution which is based in Kolkata, India to create a thoughtful work that tackles the concept of partnering and the range of emotions that are encompassed within relationships at difference points in time.

“For those who adore kathak or are just discovering it for the first time, you can’t help to be taken in. Watching these skilled dancers, the audience will be visually engaged and entranced by the rhythmic footwork in this duet pairing. There are moments of stunning pirouettes executed at lightning speed juxtaposed by the most gentle, delicate movements – you experience a completely different range of emotions. This is truly beautiful and engaging show to watch,” says Lata Pada, Artistic Director for Sampradaya Dance Creations. A talkback session will also be integrated to the evening so that the audience will have an opportunity to interact with the artists following the performance.

Tickets for the June 8 performance are on sale now – Adults: $20, students / seniors $15 and can be purchased by calling 905-607-8434 or by email at info@sampradaya.ca. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first come basis. Space is limited. For more information, visit: sampradaya.ca