Maulik & IshiraThe renowned kathak dancers, Maulik Shah and Ishira Parikh stand apart amongst the foremost classical dancers of India not only for their exceptional command and authority over their medium but also for their innovative approach in presentation. They embody the new spirit in the field of Indian classical dance. Not only as dancers but also as choreographers, they have displayed their creative excellence. Their choreographic endeavours reflect the synthesis of the highest level of sensitivity and intelligence. They have attracted newer and larger audiences to Kathak dance through their productions. Considering their outstanding contribution in the field of Kathak Dance the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi has awarded them the prestigious “Akademi Puraskar”. Maulik and Ishira have been designated by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The Central Production Center (CPC), New Delhi, has recorded their production "Roopmati Baz Bahadur" for a nationwide telecast.They have performed in more than 40 countries They are recipients of many prestigious awards such as the ‘Gaurav Puruskaar,' among many others. This is just a snippet of their multiple achievements and contributions to the field of dance.
Jaimil JoshiA young, passionate and motivated individual, Jaimil Joshi is the powerhouse of talent who has mastered the art of portraying his soul on stage. For many years he has been an established dancer, fashion choreographer, line producer and creative director, juggling multiple roles with the true flair of a performer. He believes that “Dance is something which can tell so many things with just a gesture.” For him, this art form is a power that is unmatchable. The thought of his performances is beyond the experiences of the mundane life, striving to expose the reality within which we reside. Jaimil is a dedicated and creative soul with a unique eye to spot talent. He believes that there are wonderful dancers and dance forms that are yet to be explored and as a curator of Abhivyakti Edition 4, he aims to bring something revolutionary for the city to witness and experience. Interact and dance to the rhythm of Jaimil’s creativity in Abhivyakti Edition 4!
Jigna Dixit, a dynamic young Kathak dancer lights up the stage with her charm and enthusiasm. She is trained under renowned Kathak duo Guru shri Maulik Shah – Guru shri Ishira Parikh from Ahmedabad. Her initial training was under late Shri Dharamshibhai Shah from Bhavnagar. She was deputed as a Kathak dance teacher and performer for two years at Embassy of India in Poland by ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). She is also empaneled artist of ICCR. She is a laureate of Young Artistes Scholarship Award by the Ministry of Human Resources Development –Government of India. She is honored…Read more
Kathanki & Mansi
Kathanki Raval Kathanki is learning Bharatnatyam since 19 years. Completed her Nritya Alankaar in Bharatnatyam from Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya under the guidance of Guru Smt. Kashmira Trivedi. Graduated from Nalanda Dance Research Centre under the guidance of Padmabhushan Dr. Kanak Rele, Mumbai. She has been trained in Kathak and Kuchipudi as well. She is trained professionally in various dance forms, advanced contemporary and aerial training with very wellknown Master Terence Lewis. Currently opened an institution called Kathanki Institute Of Arts. Mansi Karani Mansi Karani, a soulful Bharatnatyam dancer has completed her graduation in Bharatnatyam from the prestigious Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya (Mumbai)….Read more
Kadam Parikh is a striking young Kathak dancer making his mark in the field of Kathak dance. He is a senior disciple of world renowned Kathak exponents Maulik Shah Ishira Parikh. Their able tutelage and mentoring has groomed him in to a fine artist.Read more
Jaimil Joshi is a polymath who is associated with varied fields.Fashion choreography is his primary interest. He loves folk dancing and has performed internationally.His main profession currently is of a Radio producer where he is involved in the entire process right from the conceptualization to the final distribution. Being connected with such diverse fields and having come across numerous different types of people, he can look into their mindsets and easily emote their feelings in his work. In Abhivyakti edition 3 he is showcasing ‘Life in a Closet’Read more
Mr. Jignesh Surani is director of ‘Tandav Nartan’ Institute of Classical Dance, Rajkot. He is a professional Bharatnatyam Perfomer and Choreographer. He started his journey as a dancer before 20 years with Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad. He has pursued MPA from Upasana College of Performing Arts , Ahmedabad. Mr. Jignesh has also done Alankar in Bharatnatyam. He sharpened his skills as a Bharatnatyam dancer under the guidance of Gurushree Vaibhav Arekar – Sankhya Dance Company Mumbai. He extensively works to promote and teach the dance form all over saurashtra and outside. Mr. Surani is a professional choreographer and dancer. He has…Read more
Sonal Bhargav is inspired by the saying “Art is the life itself, a way to wisdom….”. More than 30 years of learning & teaching in Bharat Natyam helped her to express art aesthetically on stage. A learner, a teacher & mentor to many, she strives to bring our hidden mythological stories to youth & society in form of storytelling weaved in Indian classical dance & thematic presentations. Sonal Bhargav has performed in Abhivyakti 2018 with Gujarati literature written by famous five Gujarati poets. In Edition III of Abhivyakti she brings ‘Lakshmana’, story of a woman who dares to question, Shree…Read more
Shraddha Brahmbhatt will be presenting a Kathak performance with her two daughters, Pankhi and Pari , titled ‘Mohara’ , based on a short story written by her husband, Jignesh Brahmbhatt. They are well trained Kathak dancers mentored by Guru Shree Maulikbhai Shah and Smt. Ishiraben Parikh. Jignesh Brahmbhatt is a well established short story writer of Gujarati literature and the mother-daughter trio have often performed on his stories in the past. Shraddha’s two daughters – Pankhi & Pari are very passionate about Kathak and contemporary dance forms along literature, painting and singing.Read more