‘A dance is poem of which each movement is a word’
— Mata Hari
And for Kathak, it stands legitimate since kathakars are nothing however storytellers, fairly actually. At the age of 5, Kanhari Pinge was launched to Kathak by her dad and mom. Initially skilled by her mom, Kanhari quickly caught up with all that her mom needed to impart. Then, she discovered her mentor in Yogesh Sharma, son of Guru Kanhiya Lal Sharma.
Being inclined to a selected dance type all her life, it by no means occurred to her to check out different issues. She says, “When I was young, I saw so many children learning Kathak but they drifted away. I have been lucky that my parents have been constantly motivating me to follow this dance form. Having said that, I don’t mean I have not hit the saturation point. We all do in life. But to overcome it and start enjoying it again is what makes you successful.”
Excited to be chosen for the National Institute of Kathak in Delhi, she explains, “Delhi is the hub for all art-related activities. All the major classical concerts happen there and I always had this desire to be exposed to various cultural events to have a deeper understanding of art forms.”
About Chandigarh, she provides, “Although there are few events that take place in the city, but various activities at Tagore Theatre have opened up my mind towards recitals, art, theatre and other things.”
She is skilled beneath the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. Under Yogesh Sharma’s steering, she has been recurrently performing and collaborating at numerous occasions and competitions. At the age of 18, she has carved a distinct segment for herself in tricity.
Kanhari has participated within the 59th All-India Dance and Drama Competition held at Shimla and stood second. She was additionally part of the ballet Radha ki Unkahi Kahaani, conceptualised by Dr Sameera Koser, which aired on Doordarshan.
She says, “The form of Kathak that I am mastering focuses on footwork (tatkara) and chakkar. I still have to master the art of facial expression. Perfection in facial expressions comes with age. I admire Aditi Mangaldas, the famous Kathak dancer for she blends traditional Kathak with contemporary dance forms.”
Kanhari additionally took to theatre for she believes theatre and Kathak complement one another. A spinal tumour detected final 12 months compelled her to place a pause to her Kathak observe, but she introduced a classical recital choreographed and conceptualised by her mom Pallavi Pinge on the 55th Sarvajanik Ganeshotsva Festival held at Maharashtra Bhawan-Chandigarh. —Sheetal