Indian dance master in New York

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I thought this might interest some New York area IM'ers! I found it in todays Star Ledger!

Pandit Birju Maharaj, the world's premier exponent of North Indian Kathak dance, a classical style characterized by its intricate, rhythmic footwork and swirling floor patterns, will appear this weekend as part of the World Music Institute's Festival of India in New York.
A master of Kathak's Lucknow school, the 68-year-old Maharaj has been performing since age 7. He was born into a distinguished family of Kathak dancers, and represents the seventh generation of such artists. Maharaj has choreographed numerous dance-dramas and works for film, and is known for having popularized Kathak outside India. At the upcoming concert, he will be joined by deciple, Saswati Sen, an award-winning dancer. Maharaj and Sen will appear at 8 p.m. tommorrow at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets are $35-$45; $15 for students. Call (212)864-5400 or visit www.worldmusicinstitute.org.
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You Lucky People!!!!

Don't miss it

I was a fan of Saswati Sen for years, her dancing absolutely entrances me. For me she is like ---well, name your favourite, opoosite-sex megastar. When she first spoke to me I went weak at the knees

I thought that nobody could take my eyes off her on stage.

Then I saw her teacher dance.....

Pandit Birju Maharaj is not a dancer... He is a magician! He becomes what he dances. I've seen him as a peacock, I've seen him turn the actions of answering the phone into Kathak dance.

He may not have the speed-of-light stuff of a younger man (see his son dance for that...), and his dances may not be as long as those of a younger dancer, but otherwise there is no way that you could tell he is nearly 70.

If you like Indian dance at all, spend your last $50 on this if you have to (if it is not sold out already; they are very well-known). You will not regret it.
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One of Nick's Happiest moments...

Saswati Sen, Birju Maharaj ...and Nick
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nick...i have to disagree. its one the few concerts that i was utterly bored out of my mind..took two naps and it still wasnt over when i almost went into my third one. couldnt take of earlier cause people i was with wanted to stick around...

i am sorry..i just cant stand kathak. it just doesnt do it for me. i would suggest people look first what it is online before paying something like $50 for it.....cause i met many people there in this concert that looked to have similar emotions as mine.

not dissing bhirju maharaj...i am sure he is a great artist!
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i am sorry..i just cant stand kathak.
That would explain it. I've dozed through many a Bharatnatyam performance!

Each to their own
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Originally Posted by Nick-H That would explain it. I've dozed through many a Bharatnatyam performance!

Each to their own
yeah i have dozed through many b'natyam recitals as well.

yeah..its an acquired taste..and maybe i dont have the cells and neurons for it. just me.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H If you like Indian dance at all, spend your last $50 on this if you have to (if it is not sold out already; they are very well-known). You will not regret it.
I called them and it's not sold out. They still have all ticket prices available! Don't think I'll make it as I just found out today and the show is tommorrow. Maybe next time.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H Saswati Sen, Birju Maharaj ...and Nick
Good for you Nick!

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