Kathak dance-drama of Awadh-era performed in Delhi
Indra Sabha was presented as a musical production at Modern School in Barakhamba Road here.
Conceptualised and re-scripted as a 90-minute production of Kathak, Mujra and Nautanki styles by 2001 Padma Bhushan recipient and Kathak dancer Uma Sharma, the theatric musical initially ran into several days.
It was written by the nawaab's courtier Amaanat Ali in 1852.
"(Nawaab) Wajid Ali Shah (ruled 1847-1856) was a patron of the Kathak dance and Indian theatre. He had written several brilliant thumris (a classical music form), and used to perform the role of Indra himself," Sharma, 76, told IANS.
The dance drama combines the musical forms of thumri, dadra and ghazal, along with the performative traditions of Mujra, nautanki and Kathak.
"It's a musical comprising actors, singers, and dancers," the prominent danseuse and choreographer said, adding those taking the stage as dancers were her disciples.
The 90-minute dance drama also had Sharma's niece and disciple, Radhika Shah, perform the female protagonist, the emerald fairy.
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