Workshop: Kathak as the Springboard to Choreography

with Madhu Nataraj Kiran

August 15-18, 2016
10:00am-12:00pm |1:00pm-3:00pm
Fairview Library Theatre (35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, ON)

This 4-day workshop intensive is a unique opportunity to experience choreographic techniques and methodology developed by the iconic Dr. Maya Rao, founder of Natya Institute for Kathak and Choreography (NIKC) in South India.

This workshop is suitable for Intermediate / Advanced Kathak dancers.

Kathak as the Springboard to Choreography will be led by Madhu Nataraj Kiran, acclaimed artist and daughter of Dr. Maya Rao.

Performer, choreographer, educator and arts entrepreneur, Madhu was chosen as one of India’s 50 young achievers by India Today. She has received several awards, including the ‘Bismillah Khan Yuva puraskar’ from the central Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Mohan Khokar award for excellence in dance. She studied Kathak from her mother Dr Maya Rao and from Smt. Chitra Venugopal. Although she trained in contemporary dance in New York, Madhu returned to India with a vision to create a unique dance company with its own distinctive contemporary Indian dance identity – the Natya STEM Dance Kampni.

A graduate of commerce, journalism & choreography, she has also trained in Indian martial arts, ritualistic/folk dance traditions, pedagogy and Yoga. She believes dance is a potent medium for change in the public domain. Ranging from education, social issues, creativity, and documentation to healing, her projects aim to materialize this philosophy. Madhu has created over 75 choreographic works in the 16 years of the Kampni’s existence. She is also a panelist at important Design, Cultural and Academic institutions and is often invited to perform, design programs and choreographic works for prestigious cultural organizations across India, UK, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, SE Asia, Europe & USA.



Pre-registration required: E-mail or Call 416-510-8112