20th May 2016

IDFB 2016 | Aakash Odedra Company (Echoes) + Sanjukta Sinha (Incede)

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Aakash Odedra Company presents Echoes

Bells have been a constant companion of every Indian classical dancer. Should these bells just be a part of accepted tradition and ritual and because of that, in a way be “dead”? Can they not be “alive” and in the present? The bells in Echoes explore this idea, becoming a metaphor for resonance, freedom and awakening.

Aakash Odedra, considered the most exciting Kathak performer of his generation is joined by Aditi Mangaldas who is among the most renowned Kathak choreographers in the world today. Both artists have changed the way Kathak is perceived on the modern stage, by looking at tradition with a contemporary approach and open mind.

Sanjukta Sinha presents Incede

Sanjukta Sinha is regarded as one of the leading Kathak dancers of her generation, respected for her great artistry and technical ability. Her exquisite sense of musicality has enabled her to incorporate a variety of forms, such as Dhrupad, Sufi, Contemporary, Bhajans and Thumries.

Incede is an excursion into the interplay between love and longing. The dance recreates the most intimate of emotions – the movements reflect surging emotions and the thrill of the journey.

Sanjukta’s performs pure classical Kathak dance with inflections of contemporary expression.

Incede is choreographed by Padma Bhushan Smt Kumudini Lakhia.

Duration: 80 mins
Age Guidance: 8+

Curated by International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB 2016) in partnership with Sampad. For the full Festival programme visit

Photo Credits:
Aakash Odedra by Mark Harvey
Sanjukta Sinha by Devansh Jhaveri

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