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Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Kathak Lok: Dimensions of temple tradition and history in Kathakc - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman
A lively evening at the Multipurpose Hall of the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Enclave in India International Centre, marked the release of the book 'Kathak Lok' on the temple tradition and history of Kathak, authored by retired civil service officer cum Kathak teacher/performer and choreographer Dr. Shovana Narayan, and Geetika Kalha, an Indian Administrative Service Officer for over thirty years, with a background of history and extensive work on revival, documentation and dissemination of Indian art. On the discussion panel headed by the Moderator who was none other than Dr. N.N. Vohra, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, were distinguished persons like Ambassador Pavan Varma, well known art personality and retired bureaucrat Dr. Ashok Vajpeyi who has served as chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi, and Art historian, critic and former Vice- Chairman of Sarabhai Foundation, Ahmedabad, Dr. B.N. Goswami. With Dr. B.N. Gowami's comment, "A new dimension to the studies of Kathak", prominently printed on the cover of the book, not to speak of Art historian and Founding Director of the IGNCA, late Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan's observations, "Absolutely stupendous work: field work most impressive" dominating the back cover, the work starts off with a heavy vote of confidence - which, whether upheld or not, will be known in time after research scholars and others read and respond to this work.