NCPA’s Nakshatra Dance Festival aims at showcasing innovative group choreographies of Indian classical dance forms. This year’s edition features stellar performances by some eminent choreographers and their troupes.

Ranjana Gauhar (Odissi) and Sharada Ganesan (Bharatnatyam)

Renowned odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar and her troupe will perform Chitrangada, a Bengali dance drama written by Rabindranath Tagore. Sharada Ganesan is a trained odissi and kuchipudi dancer and has 40 years of experience in teaching bharatanatyam. She, along with her daughter Nandini Ganesan and troupe, will render a performance of Urjaa, which searches for the divine energy that exists within us.
When: Friday, September 13 at 6.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

C.V. Chandrasekhar (Bharatnatyam) and Rajashree Shirke (Kathak)

Bharatnatyam scholar C.V. Chandrasekhar (pictured above) and troupe will perform the Panchamahabhutam, a journey into the idea and philosophy of the five primordial elements. Kathak dancer Rajashree Shirke and her troupe will display a rendition of Ravana Mandodari Samvaad, a dialogue between Ravana and his wife Mandodari, where she warns him that abducting another’s wife would be an unethical and immoral act and would result in grave consequences.
When: Friday, September 14 at 6.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

Saswati Sen (Kathak)

One of the foremost disciples of kathak legend, Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen and her troupe will present Nazakat, a journey of kathak through the silver screen. It highlights the Bollywood choreographies of Birju Maharaj from landmark movies such as Pakeezah and Mughal-E-Azam.
When: Thursday, September 26 at 6.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.