Gargi Bagchi

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Artist Statement

Gargi Bagchi is a Kathak dancer, teacher and choreographer (Lucknow Style) of Asavari, a school of classical Indian music and dance located at White Plains, New York. She has learned Kathak from Saswati Sen, Amita Dutta, Madhumita Roy and Asimbandhu Bhattacharya in Kolkata and has also taken workshops from the renowned Kathak guru Pandit Birju Maharaj. Her knowledge of Kathak includes both Lucknow and Jaipur gharanas. She has taken Hindusthani vocal lessons under the guidance of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.rnrnGargi Bagchi has choreographed and performed at several classical dance concerts both in USA and India. Her dances are dynamic, energetic and divine. She demonstrates fast footwork and circles of Kathak while also expressing the ‘vav’ or sentiments that the dances convey to the viewers. Her expertise in dance choreography and performance extends beyond Kathak to dances in Indian Folk style as well as dances that express the songs of the great Nobel laureate Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and the rebel poet Kaji Nazrul Islam. Following the footprints of the great Kathak maestro Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj of Lucknow gharana and Guru Pandit Gopi Krishna of Jaipur gharana, Gargi has given her whole-hearted effort to choreograph and teach the Kathak compositions presented by Asavari.

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