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MANUSHI DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS

THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN 2010 Directed by Vina Ladwa Guest choreographer Kali Dass Music arranged and composed by Dmitry Fedotov The hidden stories of the greatest love affair of all time are brought to life with a modern twist through a Kathak dance drama by UK based Manushi Dance Company. Kathak is an Indian Classical dance characterised by story telling, ankle bells, ‘chakkars’ (pirouettes) and the vitality of the footwork which weaves percussive rhythms. The Taj Mahal is an inspiring place that takes us back to the Mogul period during the 16th century. A white marble tomb built in 1631-48 in Agra, seat of the Mugal Empire as a tribute to a beautiful woman and as a monument for enduring love, by Shah Jehan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Mogul period is best known for its Hindustani and Persian music influence in North India and Kathak dances were a great favourite among the kings. This production explores the timeless relationship between Shah Jehan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, from the moment they met to the present day. Featuring: Hetain Patel, Asmita Lawrence, Praful Ladwa, Louise Clements, Shane Shambhu, Bisakha Sarker and Kalidass. Produced in partnership with Lakeside, NAAC and Manushi ‘My daughter and her friend came …and I laughed and clapped as much as them!’ Lakeside audience member IMAGE: LOUISE CLEMENTS