MAYA RAO - Queen of choreography
Date: 8 Aug 2014, Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall. Ace choreographer guru Maya Rao was greeted with a standing ovation, as she stepped on to the proscenium at the conclusion of her last production, Kathak through the Ages. This production was a long cherished dream of Maya Rao, in which she visualised the vibrant dance form of Kathak, from its origin in the temples of Rajasthan and north India, through its suppression and revival in the courts of the Rajput kings, Mughal emperors Akbar and Jahangir, and the Nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah, to its present technically evolved form.
Fondly called “Maya Didi” by her younger admirers and disciples, Maya Rao was a personification of simplicity, grace and humility. This was evident when she aknowledged the appreciation of the audience by giving all the credit to the “great masters of Kathak who passsionately treasured and practised the art”. This included her revered gurus Shambhu Maharaj of the Lucknow gharana and Sundar Prasadji of the Jaipur gharana.
Maya Didi projected the bhakti and abhinaya aspect of Kathak using thumris and dhrupad as propagated by revered Bindadin Maharaj and Shambhu Maharaj, along with technical excellence in her latest production.
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