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MUSIC / DANCE “The Courtesan Project : The Legend of Nawab Jaan" The Poetry of Mirza Ghalib > 7:30pm on 10th November 2017

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Venue : Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurugram
Neelesh Misra Manjari Chaturvedi Storyteller Dancer

Time : 7:30 pm Add to Calendar 10/11/2017 19:30 10/11/2017 21:00 Asia/Kolkata MUSIC / DANCE “The Courtesan Project : The Legend of Nawab Jaan" The Poetry of Mirza Ghalib Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/11/music-dance-courtesan-project-legend-of.html Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurugram - 122001 DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Rs. 500

Venue : Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurugram - 122001
Venue Info : About | Map | Events | Nearest Metro Station - 'IFFCO Chowk(Yellow Line)Exit Gate - 2'
NCR Region : Gurugram

Event Description : 
MUSIC / DANCE “The Courtesan Project : The Legend of Nawab Jaan" The Poetry of Mirza Ghalib. 

Highlights of the project:

Two legendary performers on stage
the written word…with Neelesh Misra
and
the performing art…with Manjari Chaturvedi

The pages of  history re-lived through story
The Storyteller leads the sudience to a different world…
a world of Ghalib’s poetry…and the influence of his words…
on the famous courtesan
“Nawab Jaan”
the poets and dancers enriched each other…
Darbari Kathak Dance performance on the poetry written by Ghalib and sung by eminent singers.

The reading of letters…the poetry…the life and times…of love…of romance…
of an era gone by…Expertly unfolds for the audience in the magical voice of Neelesh Misra.

Reliving the dance of the Royal Courts,
the concert will feature dance to rare compositions by Manjari Chaturvedi.
This specially choreographed dance will highlight the association of Mirza Ghalib and other contemporary poets of Ghalib, their influence on the courtesans who sang their poetry and the references that have been found in various texts.

Amidst the bursts of classical choreography, storyteller Neelesh Misra (whom Mint has titled as India’s most famous storyteller) provides commentary on the courtesans….Their lives that burned comet-bright, they lived, loved and fought… and occasionally rumbled with storms but were never dull.

This project will emphasize and bring forth the lives of the erstwhile women performers –
The Courtesans… extraordinary singers and dancers through Nawab Jaan & Mirza Ghalib.

This production will preserve the intangible arts, culture, music and poetry performed by the Courtesans of Delhi. The project will create awareness and conserve this intangible tradition of the music forms of ghazals, dadra, thumri and the unique dance form of the Darbari style of Kathak,

This project will emphasize and bring forth the lives of the erstwhile women performers – The Courtesans, who were extraordinary singers and dancers who lived in the times of Mirza Ghalib and also contributed to his poetic creations by singing his poetry. The references of the women performers, dancers and singers, are found in different literatures on the life and works of Ghalib.

Project Description
A project to recreate the life of Nawab Jaan, the famous courtesan of Delhi of yesteryears through the poetry, life and times of Mirza Ghalib with music, dance and storytelling.

Literature has always had its impact on the performing art of its times. The literature, at times prose but largely poetic content has invariably found its way to impact the performing art. The same was with the Courtesans, the women performers who were perennial muse for the creative world and yet who were, shunned and discarded by the society as fallen women “nachne wali”.

The Courtesans lived in “ritikal” of Hindi literature, and hence as per the literature of the times they lived in, they excelled in depicting through their music and dance, the poetry of love, romance, amor, eros in its varying shades of emotions. However, post independence, a society growing increasingly uncomfortable with this depiction of easy amor in arts, made courtesans their easiest target. Their performing art, their music, their dance was ridiculed most times while strangely their male counterparts were made into Ustads.

This project unabashedly delves into the performing art of Darbari Kathak, that spoke volumes of romance, love, eros portrayed through music and dance and through the grace and the charm of the erstwhile performers.

In view of no video recordings available of the erstwhile performers, the dance of The Courtesan has been painstakingly recreated from the stance and the postures visible in archival paintings, photographs, description in old texts and most importantly grammatical references in historical texts of the artform of Kathak.

It becomes imperative that we tell the stories of these women performers who have mostly been deliberately not made part of the documentation of performing arts history in India (except for a few women who were “made into” Devi or Begum).
The narrative is largely based on the available historical references, yet at times one does need to delve into an artistic imagination to recreate a persona and that has also been done in this project.

Who was a Courtesan? A dancer, actor, singer & a fashionista all rolled into one…and a brilliant poet too !

The performance will vividly describe through dance and storytelling the significance of Ghalib’s poetry and the influence of his poetry and the literature of those times, on the famous courtesan “Nawab Jaan”. The stories told are based on comprehensive research made through consultation by eminent academician experts on the life and times of Mirza Ghalib. This proposed performance will recreate and disseminate the awareness about the hitherto unknown facts of the performing art of the Courtesans and will also enhance a deeper understanding about the life of Courtesans of Delhi.

Aspects of the production in Brief:
•       Darbari Kathak performance by Manjari Chaturvedi re-living the dance of the Courtesan, Re-living a bygone era of performing arts of Delhi Darbar

•       Real life incidents of the times of Delhi, in which both Nawab Jaan and Mirza Ghalib lived, described and performed live on stage by Neelesh Misra.

•       This Concert will also feature an Audio Visual on the life and times of the Courtesans of that era, and the social relevance of their art, as never seen before.

MANJARI CHATURVEDI 
The royal era recreated through dance 
The 75 minute presentation has dance of Manjari Chaturvedi,
who lights up the evening with her incandescent and faultless performance.
It is more than a dance relived; it is a story that is retold…
and an era that is recreated on stage...” 
“Such beauty of expression is rare in today’s times.”
This production re-visits the bygone royal era that was rich with arts and the accompanying lives of courtesans.
“If any face told a story, if any hand gestures narrated a tale, it is Manjari's. Her body language was as those courtesans would have used, to entice commoner and royal.” 
“Her ghungroo’s brought alive the tales of the courtesans, their life and style and their cultural pursuits....At times, the figure on the stage resembled a blur, the danseuse of today metamorphosing into the nautch girl of yesteryear.”

NEELESH MISRA

The 75 minute presentation has story telling of Neelesh Misra
as he brings to life the extraordinary characters Mirza Ghalib & Nawab Jaan,
the presentation of the events in the life of Ghalib through story-telling. 
The storytelling will also include
The interaction between The Courtesan Nawab Jaan and The Poet Mirza Ghalib
 tracing the history of those times through Ghalib’s letters and his multifaceted poetry.
 Neelesh Misra narrates the anecdotes and stories from the life of the courtesans.
He captivates the audience with his intriguing voice and remarkable style of storytelling.
 Neelesh Misra through the exceptional talent of telling stories,
will keep the audience intrigued and absorbed during the whole performance.
Storytelling will be based on the real life incidents of the life of Ghalib and his works. 

This production will preserve the intangible arts, culture, music and poetry performed by the Courtesans of Delhi. This production will help understand the Courtesan culture and the mehfil singers and the rich forms of music and poetry associated with it that once formed an integral part of Indian tradition, with specific focus on the effect of the Anti-nautch movement on the lives and the performing art of Courtesans.

Sufi Kathak Foundation proposes to organize a performance
“The Legend of Nawab Jaan”

as part of our project series “The Courtesan Project”.

Conceptualised & directed by: Manjari Chaturvedi

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