Kathak is one of the eight major classical Indian dance forms and is the principal classical dance of North India. The word kathak means "to tell a story" and is derived from the dance dramas of ancient India. During the Mughal era, there was a change in emphasis from that of telling religious stories to one of entertainment. Today, the dance is an abstract exploration of rhythm and movement, involving complex footwork and pirouettes executed at lightening speed, matched by accompanying percussion instruments such as the table and pakhawaj. Lucknow, Jaipur and Banaras are recognized as the three schools of Kathak where the interpretative and rhythmic aspects of the dance have been refined to a very high standard.
Parveen Gangani hails from a family of dancers belonging to the Jaipur Gharana. Initiated into this profession from an early age by his brother, Guru Shri Manish Kumar Gangani and later he went under the tutelage of Pandit Birju Maharaj.
He is among the leading Kathak Exponents of his generation. Having learnt both the Lucknow and Jaipur gharana styles, Parveen’s dance is a rare combination of both. As such his repertoire reflects a beautiful and harmonious blend of both these styles. He has received much critical acclaim for his spellbinding footwork and fast pirouettes He has a commendable command over the abhinaya aspect of Kathak.
Parveen has performed in prestigious festivals in India and abroad such as Chakradhar Samaroh, Sharad Chandrika Festival, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammellan, Jaipur Kathak Festival and Nritya Sangam, festival by Delhi Sangeet Natak Academy in Cochin, Kathak Mahotsawa by Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, 2012.
He has danced all over the world to much critical acclaim and has many foreign tours to his credit. He has performed in the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, Russia and many more.
Besides being a dancer of repute, he has proved his worth in the field of choreography. He has choreographed a number of ensembles notably a fusion piece which he worked with flamenco dancers. He has been invited by many cultural institutions to choreograph productions. Recently he choreographed Yog Yatra Ballet based on Kathak & Yoga which was presented at Pathanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar.
He is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations as an established Kathak solo performer. Parveen has received several awards, among them Shrinagar Mani award given by the Sur Singar Samsad Bomaby and Gopal Parohit Award by Sabrang, Jaipur.
Parveen Gangani has not only made a name for himself as a soloist of exceptional calibre and choreographer, but has also made a significant mark as a tabla and pakhawaj as well as naal player.
For the past three years from 2007 to April 2010 Parveen has taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural centre in Moscow, Russia, where he was sent by ICCR. He gave many solo appearances on the stage, and also composed several innovative items for the ballets made on Indian mythological story in Moscow.
In this period he trained many disciples who are following his style and are now performing at various venues in Moscow and other cities of Russia.He is having his own institution called “Kathak Disha Academy of Dance & Music”
At present he is teaching dance at Netaji Subhash Chandra Indian Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
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