Source:; Author: Hareesh N Nampoothiri; Photo Courtesy: Hareesh N Nampoothiri

Kathak, originated in the Indo-Gangetic plains, is the most popular classical dance forms in northern India. Rasikas of Thiruvananthapuram were gifted with one such performance on the occasion of this year’s Guru Purnima, when Monisa Nayak and her team presented Nartan – an evening of Kathak at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan organized by Khanak Institute of Performing Arts, New Delhi. Monisa, an accomplished Kathak performer and a disciple of Rajendra Kumar Gangani, is also a winner of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi. Four of her students; Malavika Sharma, Shruti Tanwar, Pratibha Sharma and Annu Gupta also joined her for the group recital.

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