In 2017, Katha Dance Theatre completed a tour of India, where they were featured at the prestigious Khajuraho Classical Dance Festival, located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India.
This weeklong festival, held annually at the beautiful Khajuraho temples, features performances by worldwide exponents of various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali.
KDT performed onstage at the event on February 23rd. Their performance of Karna – The Abandoned Hero featured the first Kathak dance and Gospel music fusion piece ever performed in India. KDT company dancers were accompanied by local renowned musicians, including J.D. Steele (who composed the original music Gospel-inflected for the show), Billy Steele, and Gretchen Baglyos.
In addition to their appearance at Khajuraho, KDT’s tour of India featured performances at the following venues:
February 25th – Kalashram’s Vasantotsava celebration at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi
February 27th – Indian Habitat Center, Joseph Stein Auditorium, New Delhi
A few photos and a video clip of our experience are below: