Pandit Birju Maharaj & Company
Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 8:00 pm
A legend of Indian classical dance brings his “utterly charming presence” (NY Times) and talented disciples to Reynolds Theater, offering an exquisite primer on an ancient and virtuosic art form.
Kathak, meaning “story,” evolved out of temple rituals and courtly dances. Accompanied by traditional instruments such as bansuri flute and tabla, it brings the pathos and comedy of history to life through buoyant footwork and evocative pantomime. Pandit Birju Maharaj, the heir of an august Kathak dynasty, is ranked by dance experts alongside the likes of Baryshnikov, Graham, and Cunningham. At Duke Performances, this lithe 75-year-old dancer and “creative genius” — says Ravi Shankar — continues to unfold his story.