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Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will be organizing Kathak workshop by Janaki Patrik, eminent Kathak danseuse from India on September 2 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Indian Cultural Centre Auditorium, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.

Janaki was trained in Kathak, Hindustani vocal and tabla at the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, during intensive training periods beginning in 1967, by Kathak Guru Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, vocalist Vidushi Siddheswari Devi and percussionist Sri Purushottam Das. Also trained in music and dance idioms of the United States, Patrik studied classical western flute for thirteen years, concluding her studies in 1960 to 1963 under Donald Peck, first flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Awarded a Merce Cunningham Studio Scholarship in 1971, she studied Cunningham technique, repertory and choreography from 1971 to 1978. She studied ballet under Gabriella Taub-Darvash and Maggie Black.

Janaki Patrik is the founder of The Kathak Ensemble & Friends in 1978,  she has produced and performed both classical Kathak and her own choreography in the United States, Canada and India at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Danspace Project, the Brooklyn Museum and Asia Society in New York City; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Premier Dance Theatre in Toronto; the Philadelphia Museum; and the Indian International Center in New Delhi.

All kathak dance teachers and students are invited to participate. Please register at Indian Cultural Centre in person or by email at iccrcolombo2@gmail.com. Contact the Indian Cultural Centre, No.16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo – 07, Tel.No.2684698 or email: iccrcolombo@gmail.com