The Traditional Solo

“The solo is a treat for those art lovers and connoisseurs looking for an immersive experience with India’s ancient and timeless art form of kathak.”

— Audience Memeber

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60-90 minutes | 1 dancer | 3 musicians

Previous Performances

May 3, 2019
Rina Mehta and Seibi Lee
University of Denver, Denver

April 18-21, 2019
Leela Dance Collective artists
featured in traditional kathak solo
performances at Continuum
Z-Space, San Francisco

November 12, 2017
Rina Mehta
Sangeet Samagam
Mumbai, India

November 9, 2017
Rachna Nivas
New York Public Library
New York, NY

September 16th, 2017
Rina Mehta
Lake Shrine Temple
Los Angeles, CA

August 28, 2017
Rina Mehta & Rachna Nivas
Drive East Festival
New York, NY

May 20, 2017
Shefali Jain
Featured in Talaam
Boston, MA

April 21, 2017
Sarah Morelli
Denver University
Denver, CO

February 23, 2017
Seibi Lee
National Centre for Performing Arts
Mumbai, India

About the Traditional Solo

The traditional kathak solo is a tour-de-force performance of dance, music, poetry and storytelling. Unproduced, highly interactive and in large part improvised, the traditional solo is kathak dance in its most raw and unadulterated form. The solo, as the name implies, features a single kathak artist in performance along with an ensemble of Hindustani classical musicians (usually including tabla, strings and vocals) for anywhere between 90 to 120 minutes. As kathak evolves into the 21st century, the traditional solo is increasingly being replaced by group productions that are choreographed, and supported by recorded music and high-production value lighting and staging. The Leela Dance Collective works to preserve the core of the kathak tradition while evolving it to make it relevant and accessible to contemporary audiences. As such, it works to create and tour large scale works from SPEAK to Son of the Wind, while investing in the presentation of the traditional solo by established and emerging kathak artists in strategic venues around the globe.

Booking Information:
Anita Ranjani
Bookings Coordinator