Thursday 29 July 2021

Fond remembrances of selfless Guru of Jaipur Gharana Guru Kundanlal Gangani - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

Conceived and organised by Jaipur Gharana Kathak dancer Prerana Shrimali, as a 
Kalaavart initiative, virtually observing the Punya Thithi (death anniversary) of Kathak guru Kundanlal Gangani, was one of its kind, rising above mundane thanksgiving to a departed guru. It was one of those rare events when not one person in the painstakingly selected panel of shishyas, hogged the mike by going beyond allotted time. Intelligently moderated by Prerana, the brief, but telling homages, evoked a real feel of a Guru who had left behind fond memories of not just his teaching expertise, but more, his rare human qualities.

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  1. Thank you so much Leela Ji for writing this detailed account on the special evening devoted to Guru ji [Late Shri Kundanlal Gangani]. I am really touched and full of gratitude. Guruji left almost unsung inspite of his kind of genius in his own art.He was very special as a teacher who knew how to create independent and strong soloists in Kathak, how to induce 'laya'[rhythm] in students mind etc etc. Through that conversation and your written account at least kathak enthusiasts have something to read and listen to on guruji. Thankyou once again.