Thursday 23 May 2024

Article - The impact of songs in series like Heeramandi on Kathak artistes - Shruti Patki

Popular series like Heeramandi have a significant impact on Kathak artistes. While these shows spark interest in our beautiful dance form, they also create misconceptions and challenges. The sudden influx of beginners seeking quick lessons and the undervaluing of years of dedicated practice are just a few of the issues we face. Let's explore these challenges and gain a deeper appreciation for true dedication behind Kathak.

1. Influx of inquiries from inexperienced students
When a popular series like Heeramandi features a song with Kathak, it often leads to a sudden surge in inquiries from people wanting to learn Kathak specifically to perform that song. However, many of these prospective students have no prior experience or foundational knowledge in Kathak. This trend can be challenging for seasoned artistes as they have to manage expectations and explain the basics to those who might not understand the complexity and dedication required for this classical dance form.

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  1. Swati Potulwar26 May 2024 at 10:42

    An extremely thought-provoking article...congrats, Shruti. It's the need of this hour to raise awareness about the subject of kathak choreography or crash courses. The artists are undoubtedly devoting decades to mastering this exquisite art form.

  2. Well said Shruti!! I m a Bharatanatyam dancer from chennai but the feeling is absolutely valid!! The apparent easy accessibility to an art form which one can actually attain only after decades of practice is the issue here !! Thanks for penning it down!

    1. My name Uma Sathyanarayanan, from Chennai