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Prathama - Credits

Concept and choreography: Debashree Bhattacharya and Vikram Iyengar

Performers: Debashree and Vikram

Featuring original music by Subhashis Bhattacharya, Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Naresh Mukherjee
With tracks from Taufique's Rhydhun and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet

First produced in January 2002 with Samskritiki Shreyaskar, Calcutta at G.D. Birla Sabhagar, Calcutta

Subsequent performances include the Kathak Mahotsav, New Delhi and the Probaho Festival, Doha-Qatar



PRATHAMA Kathak duets experimenting with stagecraft, choreography, lighting, music, poetry and film


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Kathak has undergone a revolutionary change from the time it came to be recognised as one of the classical styles. Various exponents and practitioners of this dance form have brought about innovations both in terms of style and stage presentation. Prathama, the first collaborative dance production by Debashree Bhattacharya and Vikram Iyengar, features specially choreographed duets exploring the form of Kathak while simultaneously experimenting with stagecraft, choreography, lighting, music and costumes. In creating Prathama, the artists have drawn on a variety of visual and aural media including poetry and film to interact with and supplement the innate beauty of Kathak. This production eventually goes to reaffirm the evolutionary nature of all dance and the relevance of Kathak as a contemporary art form.


Theme for a Dream: The dancers glided, danced, pirouetted, leaped and made earthbound movements with ease that comes out of dedicated years of practice … Alacrity was the key word. … a source of aesthetic joy … unique … a collaborative work of two talented dancers.

- Tapatie Chowdhurie
The Economic Times, Kolkata
13 January 2002

Stepping out of Boundaries of Kathak: A quality Kathak performance … unfurled the transition taking place in this form of classical dance … Traditional aspects and repertoire supplemented with a fresh approach, … the expressional exploring themes familiar to Kathak but applying forms and formats of presentation which are not generic to Kathak, … the active interaction of Kathak with non-traditional music and visual effects …What brought the audiences to the edge of their seats were the amazing movements, reflexes, flexibility and gestures of the artists.

- Gulf Times, Doha
12 April 2003



Even though an artiste has to travel a long road in order to discover his or her own signature, it can be said without a doubt that they have embarked upon this journey.

- Lalita Ghosh
Pratidin, Calcutta (trans. from Bengali)
1 February 2002

This production eventually goes on to reaffirm the relevance of this dance style as an art form today.

- Preview
The Telegraph, Calcutta
3 January 2002

ICBF-Probahho Show Wows Doha Audience: The agile and talented dancers brought the evening alive before an appreciating audience … the Kathak presentation swung between a variety of expressional and rhythm centred pieces, which skilfully wove the talents of the two dancers.

- The Peninsula, Doha
12 April 2003