Shuruwat – The begining (Kathak – Sufi)

Shuruwat 2015 – El comienzo , espectaculo de danza hindostani kathak con acompañamiento de musica y canto en directo.
Tabla – Ramon Rodriguez
Sitar – Tony Calvo
Artista invitado Qadeer Ahmad Khan con su grupo
Bailarines estudiantes de kathak de Kathak Project Barcelona dirigido por Shreyashee Nag

Shreya Nag kathak Nupura

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”
Japanese proverb

Singing kathak sufi Shreya Nag

” Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.”

Leigh Hunt

Shreya Nag , tabla, sitare

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”

Thomas Carlyle

Shreya Nag and tabla

“One of the eight forms of India’s classical dances, Kathak, meaning “story teller,” originated in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, and there are references to this dance form in sources dating from the third and fourth centuries B.C. Kathak dance, today characterized by fast, rhythmic footwork, became sophisticated court entertainment with the advent of Mogul culture in northern India.”

Aydin Albayrak in Indian president’s daughter enchants Ankara with Kathak dance. Today’s Zaman (9 September 2012)

devotion kathak

” With those elegant footwork and gravity-defying turns Kathak opens a fantastical world before a dabbler, who is sure to fall deeply in love with its mesmerising ways.”

By Chencho Sherin Thomas in “Kathak has a Flexible Language”. New Indian express. 4 December 2013

kathak kids

” Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.”

William Stafford

kathak niñas

” Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! “


kathak children

“Artistry is admired because it looks ‘effortless’ after constant practice.”
Sudharani Raghupathy

Aladin shoes

“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.”
Jacques d’ Amboise

katak begun

“It’s not a teacher’s onus to create platforms for students. It’s the teacher’s onus to create students for platforms.”

Nupura kathak students

“The true success of a teacher is measured by how well the student teaches in return.”
J A McNulty

kathak grace

“Kathak means performing a very technically rich” dance “with a lot of footwork.”

kathak expresion

” Kathak. Graceful twirls, breathtaking footwork, tantalising expressions. “

kathak nupura

“Lots of people think kathak is just a lot of footwork. They don’t know how important expression is, too.”


kathak beginers

” One of the key elements in kathak is spontaneity.But spontaneity only comes after many, many years of training,”


kathak giro

”The body says what words cannot.”

 Martha Graham

kathak sufi

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

 Martha Graham

shuruwat Barcelona

“We should consider everyday lost in which we don’t dance.”


kathak en vivo

” To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance. “

Aubrey Lynch


” Dance is everything it is life. I don’t see dance regard to my life. Dance is just not a part of my life but for me it is life! “

Fasih – Ur – Rahman

kathak trio

“The Maharaj taught his students much more than Kathak. He was like a parent, who teaches his child everything: This is how you should sit, stand, eat, walk, talk, and even think, so that they would collectively have a positive influence on your life, on your dance!”

Fasih Ur Rehman


” Sufi spiritual music, or sama, is like the sun: it caresses and inflames, melts and burns. Sometimes the beginners on the path find that their hearts become weary. As a result of this weariness, their states may become languid and they may neglect their spiritual practices. To correct this some sufi masters have prescribed listening to spiritual music, pure sounds that lead one back toward God, appropriate melodies and spiritually uplifting poetry.”


“Music’s the medicine of the mind.”

John A. Logan

canto sufi

“Truly to sing, that is a different breath.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Shreya Nag sitare

” I was made for dance.”

Fasih – Ur- Rehman

kathak sitare

” The purpose of dance is to move with grace. What is movement? Everything is revolving in an universal movement, nothing is still. The purpose of dance is to move with grace, speed and balancing the tempo”.

(Extracts from Documentary on Fasih Ur Rehman, part 3)

duo kathak

” Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced.”

Paige Arden

kathak Europa

” Dance is like wine; it matures with every performance. “

Alarmel Valli

kathak España

” Dancing is silent poetry.”


Anita Dab

” Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! “


kathak Barcelona

” Dancing between shadows “

Anita Dab

” To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.”

Agnes De Mille

kathak Nupura

“When an artist comes on stage, it is the rapport which is developed between him and the audience, which is most essential. I personally find that our audience only wants entertainment. Kathak is among the major classical dances of the subcontinent, and one of the most dynamic theatre arts in the world. The word ‘Kathak’, as you know, is derived from katha, meaning “the art of storytelling.” The artist and audience must therefore be on the same wave-length…they must go through a beautiful experience, together. But if I try to explain a few things about the art, the audience finds it a waste of their time. They feel they are there only to watch me dance. I should not speak and in turn, they are not there to learn. This attitude has to change for the art to survive.”

Fasih Ur Rahman

kathak Barcelona

“Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.”

Charles Baudelaire

kathak Barcelona

” Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”

John Dryden


”  Dance is the hidden language of the soul. “

Martha Graham

Anita Dab y Montserrat Domènech kathak

“The dance is over, the applause subsided, but the joy and feeling will stay with you forever.”

 W.M. Tory

Shuruwat Barcelona 2015

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