The Influence of Art, Dance and Music on My daughters
Posted on: November 9, 2013. Comments ( 3 )

Author: Tannvi Jagtap, mother of Tasmayee & Hrudayee, Mumbai


Dance is my grand obsession… my is my meditation that lifts me into a transcendental world of new reality. For me life means the creation of a multifaceted musical picture of feeling…..

My daughters Tasmayee (Std 4th Div D) and Hrudayee (Std 2nd Div B) aged 8 yrs and 6 years respectively have picked up this dance form and are now in their second year of training. They are studying at Carmels of St Joseph School Malad west, Mumbai.

Me and my husband both are working and follow an extremely hectic schedule wherein we confess we have not been able to give our children quantity time.

However even at such a small age they are extremely mature and understand our compulsions and stress. They both are extremely supportive to us and the perfect spice for our otherwise monotonous life.

Brimming with energy right from their childhood and taking up from my father they both are lovers of fine Arts like drawing, music, dance and reading.

I Mrs Tannvi Jagtap come from a Family of Artists; my family has owned a business of making clay sculptures from almost 4 generations. I am an Architect by profession and my children have taken up most naturally to drawing and colouring.

Their father is an avid follower of good music and he is their foremost support for all their Dance activities and performances. Hrudayee been of the frail and delicate body type is amazingly graceful in her dance, Tasmayee a little heavy built is no far behind she makes up for every move by her articulate perfection in her dance.

We are especially thankful to their dance teacher Smt. Bhupali tamboli Sawant and her esteemed group which organise several dance shows at the local temples and theatres which have taken their confidence to a higher level.

Generally shy by nature my two little princess change completely when they are on the dance floor.

A few words on the form of Dance they are studying:

What is Kathak Dance?

Kathak is among the six major classical dances of India and one of the most dynamic theater arts in the world. The word Kathak is derived from katha, meaning “the art of storytelling.” It is also synonymous with the community of artists known as Kathakas whose hereditary profession it was to narrate history while entertaining. With dance, music and mime these storytellers of ancient India would bring to life the great scriptures and epic so ancient times, especially the great Indian epics – the Mahabharata and the Ramayana – and the Puranas of Sanskrit literature.

From its early form as a devotional expression dedicated to the Hindu gods, Kathak gradually moved out of the temples and into the courts of the rulers; the Hindu maharajas and the Muslim nawabs (kings). With these rulers’ cultural wealth and preoccupation with lavish entertainment, a class of dancing girls and courtesans emerged to entertain the palaces. Much later, during the mid-1800’s, Kathak enjoyed a renaissance and gained prominence among the kings and zamindars (feudal overlords) not only as a form of entertainment, but as a classical art form. In the Hindu courts of the vast semi-desert of the principality of Rajasthan, kathak developed in the Jaipur gharana (school), a regional style emphasizing the technical mastery of pure dance. To the east in the court of Wajid Ali Shah, the last nawab of Oudh and himself a student of Kathak, the dance emphasized dramatic and sensuous expression and developed into the style characteristic of the Lucknow gharana. This gharana is said to have originated with Wajid Ali Shah’s court dancer Thakur Prasadji.

The lineage of Kathak dance can be traced from generation to generation, father to son, guru to disciple. Thakur Prasadji’s nephews, Binda Din Maharaj and Kalka Prasad, excelled in the study of Kathak. Binda Din’s three nephews, Achhan, Lacchu and Shambhu Maharaj, helped carry the Kathak tradition into the twentieth century. Achhan Maharaj, and upon his death, Shambhu Maharaj, had among his many disciples Ram Narayan Misra and Prohlad Das, respectively guru and father of Chitresh Das.

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Comments (3)


    Shilpa Sawant says:

    hi very nice information u place here. i m staying in borivali.pls. tell me the address of that dance institution, so i can do for my daughter. thanku

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