Concerts - My Soul is Alight | Kathak and Odissi Dance

May 2016 saw a double bill of dance and music featured two exceptional young British dancers,  Parbati Chaudhury (kathak) and Katie Ryan (odissi), with vocalist Ranjana Ghatak and violinist Asuka Sumi.

The dancers performed two fascinating dance styles:  kathak with its fluid movements, complex foot rhythms and rapid-fire spins, and odissi, renowned for strength, grace and sculpturesque stances.  The contrasts and complementary qualities of the two unfolded over the evening with the virtuosity of the technical pieces balanced by dramatic storytelling and emotive intensity.

As the evening progressed we saw the evolution of the dance forms with their roots in the temples. Katie performed a duet with singer Ranjana Ghatak, based on the Bengali poet, Tagore’s work, while Parbati danced to a Bach violin Partita.

For further information about this performance contact SAA-UK on 0113 244 5523 or email