Kathak Kala Sangam

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INTERVIEW with Dr. Sat Balkaransingh by Hans Hanoomansingh of "Heritage Radio FM 101.7" on Sunday April 10th, 2022. Tune in at 10:00 AM !!!
Ramleela in Trinidad - 100 Years of Felicity Open Air Theatre Tradition- Author: Dr. Sat Balkaransingh
A Production of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Cultural Corporation in collaboration with the KATHAK KALA SANGAM
in celebration of the 73rd Anniversary if Republic Day - India

SLICES OF INDIA

Folk dances form different States of India
January 22nd, 2022
Cast of the Kathak Kala Sangam for Saraswati Jayanti 2022
Selected Pictures from Kathak Kala Sangam's Saraswati Jayanti 2022 celebrations February 13th, 2022
Indian Classical and Folk Classes - Vocals. Percussions & Kathak Dance designed for all ages from 6 years to Adults & Seniors - ALL WELCOME.
For additional information please check our Web Page: www.Kathakkalasangam.com
Tel: 742-2409, 374-8625, 663-9513
Selected Pictures from Kathak Kala Sangam's Saraswati Jayanti 2022 celebrations February 13th, 2022. Young Vocalists in Concert.
Newest Publication by Dr. Sat Balkaransingh. Available at your Local Book Store and online at Amazon.com

https://newsday.co.tt/2022/03/20/balkaransingh-awakens-spirit-of-ramleela-in-book-on-felicity-festival/
Indian Classical and Folk Classes - Vocals. Percussions & Kathak Dance designed for all ages from 6 years to Adults & Seniors - ALL WELCOME.
For additional information please check our Web Page: www.Kathakkalasangam.com
Tel: 742-2409, 374-8625, 663-9513
Full Publication of ""RAMLEELA in TRINIDAD 100 Years of the Felicity Open-Air, Folk Theatre Tradition "" by Dr. Sat Balkaransingh 2021. Available on Amazon and soon to be in a bookstore in Trinidad and Tobago.
Advance copy presented to His Excellency A. K. Sahu - High Commissioner of Indian in April 2021
The Kathak Kala Sangam Institute For The Fine Arts, Trinidad and Tobago is now accepting registrations for admission to our Music & Dance Classes for the Academic Year 2021-2022.

Specially designed for all age groups and taught by professionally trained teachers, the Interactive Online and In-Studio Sessions will commence on September 11th, 2021.

Join the exciting world of the Indian Classical Arts and become advanced in Indian Performing Arts, Percussions, Vocals, Music, and Dance (Classical, Folk & Contemporary)

To register, please contact us today!

📞 Office: 663-9513
📲 Mobile Numbers: 742-2409, 799-6015, 499-1028, or 374-8625.
This is a video presentation done by members of the Kathak Kala Sangam for the Hindu Students' Council of Trinidad & Tobago in recognition and celebration of 176 years of Indian Arrival in Trinidad & Tobago.
Enjoy! Zidane Roopnarine

An Experience in Indian Classical and Folk Music, Dance, Arts and Culture

Operating as usual

Award of Sangeet Acharya to Rukminee Beepath by the Kathak Kala Sangam 06/09/2022

Award of Sangeet Acharya to Rukminee Beepath by the Kathak Kala Sangam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2q7BJO1i5k

Kathak Kala Sangam - Sangeet Acharya Award Ceremony - Saturday June 25th, 2022

Award of Sangeet Acharya to Rukminee Beepath by the Kathak Kala Sangam Award of Sangeet Acharya to Rukminee Beepath by the Kathak Kala Sangam.Took place at the Chaguanas Regional Cooperation, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago

30/08/2022

Kathak Kala Sangam

The KATHAK KALA SANGAM & Mr. and Mrs. Kissoon Seetahal invite you to the Rang Manch Pravesh (Graduation recital) of Ms. Reshma Seetahal in the Indian Classical Dance genre, Kathak.

Your attendance will be much appreciated.

Please RSVP via the following link: https://form.jotform.com/222356102631848

Kathak Kala Sangam An Experience in Indian Classical and Folk Music, Dance, Arts and Culture

28/08/2022

The KATHAK KALA SANGAM & Mr and Mrs Kissoon Seetahal invites you to the Rang Manch Pravesh (Graduation recital) of Ms. Reshma Seetahal in the Indian Classical Dance genre, Kathak. Your attendance will be much appreciated. Please RSVP via the following link : https://form.jotform.com/222356102631848

Photos from Kathak Kala Sangam's post 15/07/2022

On Sunday 10th July, 2022, Artistic Director, Dr. Sat Balkaransingh, Chairman, Deepack Manohar and Senior Dancers, Pooja Pundit and Zidane Roopnarine of the Kathak Kala Sangam Institute of the Performing arts commanded the stage with full force. The Artistes of the Sangam participated in a fund raiser dance concert, “ZANTE”, that consisted of aspects of Caribbean culture through dance which was presented at the Naparima Bowl, held by Deon Baptiste who has recently been accepted at the University of Ohio to pursue his Master of Arts degree.
The choreography performed is a 'tarana' which highlights the pure technique in Kathak dance consisting of both sharp and rounded movements, swift pirouettes and intricate footwork. The music is composed by Pundit Birju Maharaj in Raag Kalavati in a timed cycle of 16 beats and choreographed by Dr. Sat Balkaransingh with nuances by the aforementioned dancers, Pooja Pundit and Zidane Roopnarine. The item was then followed by a percussion solo by Deepack Manohar on the Pakhawaj drum and ended with various footwork sequences done by the dancers. ZANTE, a fundraiser dance concert that consisted of aspects of Caribbean culture through dance which was presented at the Naparima Bowl, held by Deon Baptiste who has recently been accepted at the University of Ohio to pursue his Master of Arts degree.

15/07/2022

Article in Trinidad Guardian Newspaper by Edison Boodoosingh - July 5th, 20200

Photos from Kathak Kala Sangam's post 15/07/2022

SANGEET ACHARYA CONCERT PRODUCED BY THE KATHAK KALA SANGAM UNDER THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORSHIP OF DR SAT BALKARANSINGH

EVENT CONCLUDED ON JUNE 25TH, 2022

Kathak Kala Sangam's Sangeet Acharya CONFERRING OF THE AWARD OF SANGEET ACHARYA TO MRS. RUKMINEE HOLASSBEEPATH The Kathak Kala Sangam is preparing for the conferring of the award of SANGEET ACHARYA to one of our eminent performing artistes in Trinidad and Tobago. An Acharya refers to an authority in a particular field of endeavor who leads, morally and ethically, by example. The term Acharya is therefore a title affixed to the name of a learned, distinguished, person (guru, mentor, educator and guide), role model in the field of culture and religion. The title is bestowed on someone for long and distinguished service in various categories of artistic endeavors to suitably and appropriately qualified nominees. While the concept is not new to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean; the title has so far only been conferred to persons in the field of religion; Dharm- Acharya. An Acharya title can however extends to various other categories of artistic endeavors; the creative , performing, literary, plastic and culinary arts. With this in mind, the concept of extending it to these other categories was presented by the artistic director
of the Sangam, Dr Sat Balkaransingh with detailed explanations, justification, and implementation plans for selection and conferral of this Title to such awardees who meet the established criteria.

SOME SLETECTED PICS FROM SANGEET ACHARYA CONCERT BELOW:

22/06/2022

******Musician Rukminee Beepath to receive award of Sangeet Acharya from the Kathak Kala Sangam, Inst for the Arts******

The artistic community and art enthusiasts in Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate musician and Indian folk singer Rukminee Holass Beepath when she is conferred with the title of Sangeet Acharya on Saturday June 25th at the Auditorium of the Chaguanas Regional Corporation.

A host of musicians and dancers are carded to perform at the event An Acharya is an authority in a particular field of endeavour. It is one who leads, morally and ethically, by example. This title is conferred for long and distinguished service in various categories of artistic endeavours to suitably and appropriately qualified nominees. It is affixed to the name of a learned, distinguished, person – a guru, mentor, educator and guide - a role model in the field of culture and national development. While the concept is not new to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, the title has so far only been conferred to persons in the field of religion; Dharmacharya. An Acharya title however extends beyond religion, to various other categories of artistic endeavours; the creative, performing, literary, plastic and culinary arts. Rukminee is a folk singer and musician, educator, mentor and author who has been both systematically preserving, developing and propagating different genres of Indian folk and religious-influenced melodies and their music which were brought and introduced into the fertile landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. These melodies are now flourishing both in their traditional and innovative ways.

The concert is presented in two parts. Part one will comprise items of music and dance, Kathak classical, folk and contemporary items. Ms Beepath is being presented in the second half of the programme She is being celebrate in an elaborate public ceremony, followed which she will perform a medley of Indian folk melodies and excerpts of her repertoire of festive and ritual songs, befitting the occasion.

This ground-breaking, Acharya Concert, the first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, is being presented by the Kathak Kala Sangam on Saturday June 25th at the Auditorium of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, Main Road Chaguanas, at 6.00pm.

Artistes performing include violinist Shivanand Maharaj, Narendra Maharaj (flute) and Deepack Manohar (Pakhawaj) Dinesh Maharaj and Boodram Holass. Both Kathak and folk dances are being performed by dancers of the Sangam including Sat Balkaransingh, Pooja Pandit, Zidane Roopnarine, Anelia Baijoo and many others. The concert is directed by Dr Sat Balkaransingh, founder and artistic director of the Kathak Kala Sangam

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**** Tickets for the Acharya concert are available from Rukminee Beepath (724-9221); Anthony Manboadh (374-8625), at Praimsingh Pooja Bhavan (Curepe and Chaguanas) and at the door, or from any member of the Kathak Kala Sangam (www.kathakkalasangam.com; FB –Kathak Kala Sangam).

20/06/2022

Kathak Kala Sangam's Sangeet Acharya CONFERRING OF THE AWARD OF SANGEET ACHARYA TO MRS. RUKMINEE HOLASSBEEPATH The Kathak Kala Sangam is preparing for the conferring of the award of SANGEET ACHARYA to one of our eminent performing artistes in Trinidad and Tobago. An Acharya refers to an authority in a particular field of endeavor who leads, morally and ethically, by example. The term Acharya is therefore a title affixed to the name of a learned, distinguished, person (guru, mentor, educator and guide), role model in the field of culture and religion. The title is bestowed on someone for long and distinguished service in various categories of artistic endeavors to suitably and appropriately qualified nominees. While the concept is not new to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean; the title has so far only been conferred to persons in the field of religion; Dharm- Acharya. An Acharya title can however extends to various other categories of artistic endeavors; the creative , performing, literary, plastic and culinary arts. With this in mind, the concept of extending it to these other categories was presented by the artistic director of the Sangam, Dr Sat Balkaransingh with detailed explanations, justification, and implementation plans for selection and conferral of this Title to such awardees who meet the established criteria.

20/06/2022

Award of Sangeet Acharya
to
Rukminee Holass-Beepath

20/06/2022
20/06/2022
19/06/2022

******Musician Rukminee Beepath to receive award of Sangeet Acharya from the Kathak Kala Sangam, Inst for the Arts******

The artistic community and art enthusiasts in Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate musician and Indian folk singer Rukminee Holass Beepath when she is conferred with the title of Sangeet Acharya on Saturday June 25th at the Auditorium of the Chaguanas Regional Corporation.
A host of musicians and dancers are carded to perform at the event An Acharya is an authority in a particular field of endeavour. It is one who leads, morally and ethically, by example. This title is conferred for long and distinguished service in various categories of artistic endeavours to suitably and appropriately qualified nominees. It is affixed to the name of a learned, distinguished, person – a guru, mentor, educator and guide - a role model in the field of culture and national development. While the concept is not new to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, the title has so far only been conferred to persons in the field of religion; Dharmacharya. An Acharya title however extends beyond religion, to various other categories of artistic endeavours; the creative, performing, literary, plastic and culinary arts. Rukminee is a folk singer and musician, educator, mentor and author who has been both systematically preserving, developing and propagating different genres of Indian folk and religious-influenced melodies and their music which were brought and introduced into the fertile landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. These melodies are now flourishing both in their traditional and innovative ways.
The concert is presented in two parts. Part one will comprise items of music and dance, Kathak classical, folk and contemporary items. Ms Beepath is being presented in the second half of the programme She is being celebrate in an elaborate public ceremony, followed which she will perform a medley of Indian folk melodies and excerpts of her repertoire of festive and ritual songs, befitting the occasion.
Under the distinguished patronage of H.W Faaiq Mohammed, Mayor of the Borough of Chaguanas, this ground-breaking, Acharya Concert, the first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, is being presented by the Kathak Kala Sangam on Saturday June 25th at the Auditorium of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, Main Road Chaguanas, at 6.00pm.
Artistes performing include violinist Shivanand Maharaj, Narendra Maharaj (flute) and Deepack Manohar (Pakhawaj) Dinesh Maharaj and Boodram Holass. Both Kathak and folk dances are being performed by dancers of the Sangam including Sat Balkaransingh, Pooja Pandit, Zidane Roopnarine, Anelia Baijoo and many others. The concert is directed by Dr Sat Balkaransingh, founder and artistic director of the Kathak Kala Sangam.
**** Tickets for the Acharya concert are available from Rukminee Beepath (724-9221); Anthony Manboadh (374-8625), at Praimsingh Pooja Bhavan (Curepe and Chaguanas) and at the door, or from any member of the Kathak Kala Sangam (www.kathakkalasangam.com; FB –Kathak Kala Sangam).

Photos from Kathak Kala Sangam's post 15/06/2022

Kathak Kala Sangam Presents Sangeet Acharya Award Ceremony June 25th, 2022 @ Auditorium of the Chaguanas Borough CorporationCoorperation

07/06/2022

INVITATION

07/06/2022

Eulogy
Pooja Malhotra
(September 1974-June 2022)
A firefly caught on the turbulent crosswinds of change.

To the family, friends and students of my dear sister Pooja, this is the most appropriate mantra (Brhad. Upanishad 1. 3. 28) for this occasion that I can chant. Others please do join me.

“Aum Asato Ma Sadgamaya!
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya!
Mrtyurma Amrtam Gamaya! ”
(Oh Lord lead me from untruth [unreal, falsehood], to truth [the real, absolute existence]; from darkness [of ignorance] unto light [of knowledge]. And free my soul (atman) from the cycle of physical birth and death so that I can attain immortality or everlasting life.
Pooja Malhotra had a very short life, just 48 years, of which she spent approx. One quarter of it living amongst us in Trinidad. Academically she completed a post graduate degree. In the Arts she was trained by various masters, two of which were the late Smt. Reba Vidyarthi and Pundit Birju Maharaj of the Kalka Bindadin Gharana or Lucknow school of Kathak dance. We both shared the same Shiksha Gurus at the Kathak Kendra of the Sangeet Natak Academy, Ministry of Culture of the Government of India. She leaves a husband Sunil and two sons, Lavanya and A***n to mourn her passing.
My sister, for she called me DADA, was a Karma Yogini, a Shiksha guru and mentor .Pooja was interested only in performing right actions, never bothering about the fruits of those actions. But as a human, with our own frailties and imperfections she may have stumbled at times, like most of us, but always had noble intensions and a big heart. The physical part of it, the heart, failed her too early in life; complications arising from cardiac arrest.
We meet in 2006 in Delhi, before she came to Trinidad to teach at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Corporation, a branch of the Indian High Commission in Trinidad. We were introduced by our Guru Bhai, Ashok Chakravarty, her predecessor at the MGICC. Since that first day I was Dada, her big brother, guide and protector.
Commencing 2008 in Hamare Taal( Rhythms of our Peoples),we danced on several occasions, the last being just four months ago , in February when we celebrated the life and demonstrated the teaching methods of Didi and Maharaj-ji for the Kathak Kala Sangam’s Saraswati Jayanti 2022. Hopefully, that performance will be aired soon on TV. We were planning to dance in September, and then in 2023 in a ballet to be jointly choreographed.
Man proposes, but alas, that supreme consciousness Jagadish, disposes on his appointed date and time. Pooja, you were a firefly, caught in the turbulent crosswinds of change. Oh beautiful, elegant and exquisite Kathak dancer, you held and will continue to hold a special place in the hearts of all those who saw you on a stage. Go my dear sister. Your visage will always be fresh in my memory. And may all seekers of the Indian Arts, and especially the classical performing arts of dance, recognize that we have lost a beautiful and blessed soul. May you now be embraced by Shri Krishna to whom we had once danced an Astapadi, an eight line verse, set to the music of our revered Guru, Pundit Birju Maharaj. I can feel your presence here. So let us celebrate a farewell number in praise to Shri Krishna. Adharam Madhuram…Let’s dance, just one verse, even from your temporary transitory plane of existence.

Sat Balkaransingh

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******Musician Rukminee Beepath to receive award of Sangeet Acharya from the Kathak Kala Sangam, Inst for the Arts******...
Kathak Kala Sangam's Sangeet Acharya CONFERRING OF THE AWARD OF  SANGEET ACHARYA  TO MRS. RUKMINEE HOLASSBEEPATH   The  ...
Award of Sangeet Acharya to Rukminee Holass-Beepath
Selected Pictures from Kathak Kala Sangam's Saraswati Jayanti 2022 celebrations February 13th, 2022. Young Vocalists in ...
Indian Arrival Day Celebrations 2021

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