Kathak, a classical dance form of India celebrated for its intricate footwork, expressive gestures, and rhythmic movements, comes to life as rhythmical compositions are eloquently expressed through dance, voice, and live music—a hallmark of traditional Kathak performances.
Distinguished Kathak artist Shila Mehta, hailing from India, graces the stage, accompanied by three generations of performers. The journey unfolds as Maya, guided by her guru Shila Mehta, initiates Kathak education in Belgium. From her teachings, Yuka emerged as a co-representative of the Kathak education system at the Maya Sapera Dance Company.
The stage not only features the expertise of Shila Mehta but also highlights the seamless transition of Kathak knowledge from one generation to the next. Witness the continuity of this classical dance form as Shila Mehta’s students express the beauty of Kathak through their mesmerizing performances.
Shila has collaborated with numerous artists from other genres to both learn and develop her approach to Kathak and to allow Indian arts to further influence progression in other fields. A firm believer of life-long learning, she has not become complacent as an artist or guru and regularly undertakes continual professional development to stay abreast of developments in aesthetics and thinking in the performing arts e.g., undertaking courses at international universities in topics such as site-specific dance and dance therapy. Currently, she is deepening this drive for development through undertaking a PhD in the area of Transcendental Aspects of Classical Indian Dance, where she is seeking to summarise and extend thinking on the wider benefits of performing arts. That is, what they offer individuals and society beyond the culturally informed engagement opportunity. All in all, through her actions and achievements, alongside those of her own students, Shila has demonstrated the attributes of an artist who is skilled as a performer, innovator, thinker, educator, a socialist with a passion for helping enrich the lives of others, an academic with a vision to ensure that high quality arts education thrives, alongside challenging mindsets through public speaking.
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