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ASF holds Kathak and Tabla Camp

March 08
22:14 2012

Participants at Kathak-Tabla camp with the founding organizer Dr Birendra Sinha and teacher Ms Kiran Chauhan

CHICAGO: Anila Sinha Foundation and Kathak Nrityakala Kendra recently held their first residential Kathak, Tabla and Music camp at YMCA’s Camp Duncan in Volo, IL. The camp was attended by a large number of enthusiastic students of all ages.
Camp organizer and director, Ms. Kiran Chauhan conducted extensive Kathak classes for the dance students. Raju Deshmukh worked with the students on Tabla while Mrs. Manjiri Vaishampayan engaged the students with vocal music. Fingers, feet and voices were engaged during the Kathak and Tabla Camp. There was a lot of learning achieved by students in various subjects.
Additionally, the camp involved lots of fun, networking and bonding. Participants took part in Antakshri, discussions, and other team activities.
Most students were happy being away from day-to-day grind and learn with a fresh breath of air. The weather could not have been any better; it turned out to be sunny and mild weekend with open skies.
The highlight of the camp was a talent show in which the participants showcased their creativity with energy and vigor. They presented activities ranging from Flamingo to singing; reading to Bollywood style dancing, and Tabla to violin.
Parents and friends of participating students were the guests of the camp during the Talent Show. They were pleasantly entertained and enthused by such a positive experience of the participants.
Looking at the overwhelming response and expressed desire of the participants to come back to the camp again, ASF is considering making the camp a regular feature of its winter offerings.
The Anila Sinha Foundation was formed in memory of Mrs. Anila Sinha. The Foundation’s continued advancement of these precious Indian art forms and their dissemination throughout the community is a tribute to Anilaji’s lifelong dedication. The ASF mission is to preserve, foster, and promote the performing arts of India, particularly classical music and dance.
To attain its mission, the Foundation has opened a school of Kathak dance in the Chicagoland area, Kathak Nrityakala Kendra (Academy of Kathak Dance and Music), to offer opportunities for students and younger generation of artists to learn this art form. Furthermore, the Foundation plans to collaborate with local music and dance institutions for cultural exchange, cross-training of students and enhance global understanding.
The activities of the foundation are supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council.

Surendra Ullal



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