About Me Varsha Jawadekar started her training in Kathak dance from the renowned Nrityabharati Kathak Academy under Smt.Roshan Datye. She gave her first performance at the young age of seven and after that there was no looking back. She has also won several awards during school and college tenure. She has been giving a series of solo and group dance performances including Kathak, Bollywood, Lawani and Rajasthani, year after year at various organizations and festivals in India like Pune Festival Inauguration in the years 1999 and 2000, Nashik Festival, Pune Festival Organization Independence festival and in USA including Ekal Vidyalaya, India Fest, Asian Food Festival, Punjab Association, Sindhi Association, Bangladesh Association and Association of Indians in America (AIA), IRCC, Asian Festival of Austin, Austin Marathi Mandal, Texas Christian Association, and many more. She was one of the main participants for Jazz Yatra - a fundraising concert organized for Sahara organization for distressed women with an amazing troupe of Bharatnatyam teachers of South Florida. She attributes her success to her soul mate Kailas Jawadekar who has been instrumental in supporting her aspiration and making NrityaVarsha students successful in achieving higher goals.
She extended her boundaries by performing in professional theatrical plays in English, Marathi and Gujrati languages at various locations including Florida, Atlanta and Texas. While continuing her passion for dance, she has completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and is currently working as a Software Professional in Austin, Texas.
About Kathak There are seven classical dance forms in India: Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohini Attam. Kathak is the classical dance form that prevails in the North of India. The word Kathak is derived from katha meaning "storytelling". The expression Katha kahe so Kathak means whoever tells a story in a dance form with song is a Kathak. The movements of hands (mudra) and body along with facial expressions (abhinaya) were used to tell a story with song and music and this gave birth to Kathak and Kathakars. Originally, the artists known as the Kathakars told mythological stories (harikatha) in the Hindu temples of Northern India and obviously their art was deeply rooted in the Hindu religion, philosophy and spirituality. The Kathakars' knowledge - compositions and choreography - were passed on from generation to generation through oral tradition. Between the 12th and the 18th century, Kathak was practised in the magnificent palaces of the Mughal emperors and even earlier in those of Hindu rulers. After being a totally devotional temple art, it had also become a court dance, intended to entertain those powerful rulers. It enriched itself by borrowing from Persian cultural elements and as such, the aesthetics of the dance evolved in accordance with the aesthetics of the Muslim culture too. The current form of Kathak is linked to the Mughal era. During that period the facial expressions and gestures gained in subtlety. The artist was indeed able to express a theme in many different ways with a wide range of nuances. The aspect of pure dance (nritta) gained in sophistication and speed. The rhythm, movements and pirouettes became more complex. Kathak also became permeated with elegant Urdu poetry along with the poems in Braj. (One of the last Mughal emperors, Wajid Ali Shah himself composed songs on Krishna in Braj.) Nowadays, Kathak is the only Indian classical dance form that presents a strong symbiosis of the Hindu and Muslim cultures.
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