sufikathak

PROJECTS

As a pioneer of this form of art, Sufi Kathak is essentially a study in history– before her interpretation, the poems in Sufism were only sung, never danced to. Through years of practice, Sufi Kathak has crystallized into a form of its own; within it resides a melodious blend of Kathak and Sufism. In the modern world, Sufi Kathak transcends all forms of religion and gender, and is a reflection of the need to pause and look within in these rushed, modern times. In its essence, Sufi Kathak combines the movements and rhythm of Indian classical dance with the mysticism of Sufism. Both traditions, Kathak and Sufism, have a long history in the Indian subcontinent and beyond. Sufi Kathak has been an enduring and ever-evolving form of classical dance since 1998. More than two decades on, Manjari Chaturvedi keeps working on finessing this art form she created.

The Courtesan Project

A unique research and documentation exercise via which Manjari seeks to chronicle the historically remarkable role of the ‘tawaif’, in artistic life: as muse to poets and painters, writers and kings, musicians and leaders…

The Vrindavan Project

The story of Radha Rani, the consort with Lord Krishna and the emphasis in Hindu Vaishnav tradition of reaching the Divine through the feminine. Manjari Chaturvedi explores the Raas, the dance of Radha Rani through Kathak…

Sufi Kathak

Dance of Mystics – a unique concept by Manjari Chaturvedi. For two decades, this explores the feminine in Sufi poetry as depicted by Sufi mystics for their beloved, the Almighty. Such an aspect is solely relegated to the Sufi faith in the Indian sub‐continent…

The Jugni Project

Tracing the transgressive woman
“Jugni” in the patriarchal poetry of Punjab, India. This theatrical live musical dance production with multimedia backdrops explores the stories of Jugni through dance and live music…

The Rumi Project

“An Ode to Rumi” explores the separation of mankind with the Divine through the mere metaphor of the reed in the famous “The Reed Song”. The reed in the poem laments this loss from its original state, just like Rumi himself feels the loss of the Divine within him. The dancer too seeks the Divine through her dance…

The Qawwali Project

An initiative to archive and preserve the form of Qawwali and work towards the spiritual music associated with Su ism. The project is on the social impact as well as the syncretic traditions of the art form of Qawwali…

The 22 Khwaja Project

Started in 2010, “22 Khwaja Project” is a long-term initiative conceptualized by Manjari Chaturvedi, to create awareness about the mostly unknown 22 Sufi Shrines located in Delhi and around…