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Heritage Durbar (Talk)

The Courtesan - the relevance of this lost heritage

The Courtesan - the relevance of this lost heritage

 Quick Info
India Habitat Center,​
Gulmohar Hall,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Meeting Time 10/3/2015 6:30:00 PM
Meeting Point Gulmohar Hall, IHC
Nearest Metro Jor Bagh
(900 mts.)
 Charges None
 Type Heritage Durbar (Talk)
 Speaker Manjari Chaturvedi
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Oct 3

The Courtesan - the relevance of this lost heritage India Habitat Center
When: 07:00 PM

10/3/2015 7:00:00 PM 10/3/2015 9:00:00 PM 68 The Courtesan - the relevance of this lost heritage Courtesans or 'Tawaifs' were most educated class known for their etiquettes and talent. But with time, things changes. This talk shall enlighten us about the journey this noble profession had India Habitat Center Youth for Heritage Foundation false DD/MM/YYYY

About the Event

"The Lost Songs of the Courtesan" is the current exhaustive research and documentation project where Manjari has extensively researched on the dance of the Courtesan, Darbari Kathak, with especially with respect to the Awadhi ethos and its traditions, and has created a suitable awareness that questions the blind discrimination for the so called "the Nautch Girls" and the artforms associated with these performers. The current generations of the erstwhile male court dancers talk about the family lineage with a sense of pride extolling the greatness of their forefathers as dancers in the royal courts. At the same time the generations of the women court dancers live with a sense of shame never disclosing their lineage or any connection with the erstwhile courts. Somewhere the gender discrimination in the field of arts has existed and yet has never been addressed and consequently this sect of women were always ostracised from the society and considered “lesser” than their contemporary men. This research delves into the social stigmas associated with a particular performing art and its relevance in modern times. Any study on history of arts of Northern India will be incomplete without a reference to the courtesan who was the muse for poets, painters, musicians, and the creative thought at large

About the Speaker

A visionary in performing arts, Manjari Chaturvedi is a pioneer of her dance Sufi Kathak. She is a leading exponent of the Indian classical dance of Kathak and is acclaimed for being the creator and ONLY performing artist of Sufi Kathak. She has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance to create a stunning new dance form called Sufi Kathak. She has researched on the music and dance associated with the Sufi thought for last twenty years and Sufi Kathak is a result of this work. A force and a name to reckon with, she has blazed her own path with her work in last twenty years on the Sufi thought. With the establishment of the Sufi Kathak Foundation she has taken a leap further to support marginal artists and provides research opportunities to scholars and students under the banner of the Foundation.

How to Reach

By Car: From AIIMS, reach Safdarjung Tomb and turn right on Lodhi Road. Take another Right from the Islamic Centre on Lodhi Road. Turn left immediately into the (IHC) gates and park in IHC Basement.
If coming from Nizamuddin side, take the service lane from Airforce Bal Bharti School. Take left into the gates of IHC and park
By Metro: Get down at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and you may walk upto the IHC. Some may also choose to get down at Jor Bagh Metro Station or the Khan Market Station. A battery/auto rikshaw can help you reach the venue easily
By Bus: India Habitat Centre is a famous bus stop on Lodhi Road, well connected by many routes.
Once at India Habitat Centre, come to Gulmohar Hall on first floor opposite Stein Auditorium

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