Join us for an illuminating day-long symposium that explores the traditional art form of Qawwali and its depiction in film, poetry and photography with leading experts and practitioners. Conceptualized by Kathak Dancer and Founder, Sufi Kathak Foundation Manjari Chaturvedi, this symposium will comprise lecture demonstrations, panel discussions, presentations and a film screening and will examine the ever-lasting legacy of Qawwals and address issues and topics related to these exemplary performers.
Manjari Chaturvedi is a Classical Dancer, Director, Choreographer, Ted X Speaker and Cultural Academic. Among the 300 concerts that she has performed in 20 years, a few prestigious venues include the Symphony Space, New York City, Judith Wright Center For Performing Arts – Brisbane, Sydney Opera House, Australia, National Gallery Of Victoria, Australia, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi and Parliament House, New Delhi. She is the leading exponent of classical dance in India. Her productions as a dancer are projects that are meticulously researched and documented; it includes gender sensitive subjects that through her medium of dance, explores the many traditions woven into poetry and music. Under the banner of the Sufi Kathak Foundation she supports similar research and encourages marginal artists to participate in dissemination of their art. She has been the part of the Sufi Symposium at the prestigious Smithsonian Museum Washington D.C. and of the conference on Living heritage by UNESCO and is the Jury and member of “Think Tank on Asian dance” for the prestigious Asian Dance Committee in Korea.Read more