Roshan Datye Kathak Roshan Datye
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Topic: कथक नृत्य-भारतीय शिल्प मध्ययुगीन लघुचित्र अंतर्लीन संबंध
Interrelation between Indian Sculpture - Medivial Miniature Paintings and Kathak Dance.
Fellowship awarded by Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Govt of India, New Delhi, 2002-2004
Over a decade Roshan has been doing research on Kathak Dance and its Ancient Art form, image, beauty and grace. An attempt has been made to explore reflections of Kathak in Ancient Dance Sculptures and Medieval Miniature Paintings. For that she has extensively travelled in the remote & smallest villages of Indian states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to personally photograph evidences of Dance Sculptures from more than 80 monuments
(Stupaas / Caves / Ancient Temples.) For miniature paintings she has visited museums located at various Indian cities. She has done minute observation for the identification of finer details of dance movements as seen carved in these Dance Sculptures and drawn in miniature paintings and she attempts to bring to the surface the ‘Essence of Dance-form’. She has unfolded various elements of Kathak dance. Consistently she has been making efforts to bring on surface that there are reflections of similarity between the Ancient North Indian Dance-Sculptures / Miniature Paintings and Contemporary Kathak Dance because it is possible for one to recognize ‘Stylized Gestures’ of Contemporary Kathak
in Ancient Dance Sculptures.
Gandhar (3-5 C. AD), Pt. Birju Maharajji,
Nritta Karan: Vakshaswastika
Sarnath (4-5 C. AD), Pt. Durga Lalji,
Nritta Karan: Janita
Taranga (11 C. AD), Guru Rohiniji Bhate
Nritta Karan: Valita
Taranga (11 C. AD), Roshan Datye
Nritta Karan: Bhujanga Trasita
Ranakpur (15 C. AD), Ram Mohanji
Nritta Karan: Vrishchika
Past 1000 years North India has been under influence of different cultures as a result of which original Classical - Elements of the Kathak (शास्त्रीय नृत्य तत्व) went into oblivion. Roshan is of the opinion that those original Classical-Elements of Kathak need to be identified again and rejuvenated. Therefore, on her own, she has made the beginning of this work. In order to classically define Dance-Form she has critically analyzed the dance movements as prescribed in Bharat-Muni’s Natya-Shastra and Sharangdeva’s Sangeet-Ratnakar. She has done the fundamental research in exploring similarity
between Contemporary Kathak and Technical Aspect of Nritta from Natya Shastra: [that is Nritta-Karnas (नृत्तकरण), Charis (चारी), Nritta-Hastas (नृत्तहस्त) and her in-depth analytical study of Karnas (करण) and Angharas (अंगहार) has further extended her vocabulary and combinations of body movements within the scope of Kathak. With the help of Karnas and her Abhinaya she has been able to personify Expression and Essence of graceful dance sculptures. Her research shall be helpful to the Scholars of Kathak-Dance in times to come.
Pahadi School, Roshan Datye, Nayika: Vasaksajja Raas Leela in Miniature Painting
In order to bring out in forefront the conclusion of her investigations Roshan has authored inferences of her research in the book titled ‘Kathak-Aadikathak’. In order to present Practical & Visual aspect of her research she has also choreographed a dance presentation under the same title ‘ Kathak-Aadikathak’ which got overwhelming response from the Kathak fraternity and also from Sculptors, Artists and Archaeologists.
She was blessed to have extensive discussions with Subject-Authorities in order to verify her ‘findings’: Guru Kathak-Pandita Rohini Bhate, Guru Brajvallabh Mishra, Kathak Guru Birju Maharaj, Archeologist Shri G B Deglurkar, Guru Smt Maya Rao, Guru Smt Kumudini Lakhia, Guru Shri Munnalal Shukla, Shri Jayant Kastuar, Shri Rajendra Gangani, Smt Prerna Shrimali, Indologist Shri Udayan Indoorkar and many National Level Kathak Dancers and Critic. The Onsite Photography was done by Roshan Datye, Chittaranjan Datye and Girish Samant.
VISITS TO ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
AND MUSEUMS
In order to understand the subject in-depth; Roshan has personally visited and photographed Ancient Temples, Stupas and Caves & Museums located at following different States of India. The number indicated ahead of the name of each place shows the quantity of temples visited.
Madhya Pradesh - Khajuraho(6), Sanchi , Udaygiri , Sinhonia, Daang , Survaayaa(3), Kadvaayaa(5), Teraahi(3), Gwalior(4), Meetaavalee , Padhaavali , Batesar- many, Subhaspura, Shivpuri
Uttar Pradesh – Mathura , Vrindavan, Saarnaath
Gujarat – Taranga-Hill, Khandosan(2), Delmaal(2), Modhera, Patan – Raanee-Ki-Baav , Vadnagar
Rajasthan – Nagda, Eklingaji -(8), Chittorgarh -(5), Jagat, Ambaaji, Rushabhdev, Shyamalji, Osian, Dilwada -(3), Chandravati, Meerpur, Ranakpur -(2), Kumbhariyaa Maharashtra – Nagpur, Gadhchiroli, Ramtek, Dhulia, Ajantha, Verul (Ellora), Elephanta-Caves, Sinnar , Ambarnath , Kolhapur, Khidrapur, Satara, Pune, Nasik, Trimbakeshwar, Ahmednagar (Tahakari), Solapur, Aurangabad, Latur, Parbhani, Aambejogaaee, Nanded, Nilanga, Aundhyanagnath

Indian Museums – Mathura, Lucknow, Allahabad, Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gwalior, Bhopal, Khajuraho, Mumbai, Indore, Abu , Kolkata etc
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