Hemantika festival 2019: An enchanting season of Kathak
Hemantika 2019 will take place on 2 & 3 November at Arts Depot, Finchley: Save the date.
Photo credit: Simon Richardson
The brainchild of Sujata Banerjee, Hemantika is a one-of-its-kind Kathak dance festival held in the last few days of autumn, or as Rabindranath Tagore called it, the season 'Hemantika'.
Now in its third year, the Festival features an array of British and international artists. It offers a weeklong, immersive experience for Kathak practitioners, students and regular and new audiences, creating an energy and buzz akin to the unique cultural maahol (environment) found in India.
The various strands of the festival include:
performance opportunities for young artists
education and community workshops
high-calibre mentoring and training to inspire the next generation
commissioning new ground-breaking work
showcasing the very best of Kathak
attracting wider audiences
Each of these aspects is invaluable to the development of talent within Kathak in the UK and west, as well as the art form itself.