1. Kathak dancer Nitin P. Shirale backed by Pandavas Fusion Band, led by sitarist Kalai

1. Kathak dancer Nitin P. Shirale backed by Pandavas Fusion Band, led by sitarist Kalai

It was a marriage of South Indian classical music with North Indian dance of Kathak at the auditorium of The National Department For Culture And Arts in Ipoh on March 13.

2. Kalai on the sitar (L) and Mark Daniel on bass (R)

2. Kalai on the sitar (L) and Mark Daniel on bass (R)

Backed by Pandavas Fusion Band, led by sitarist Kalai, Nitin P. Shirale from Maharashtra, India, was a fascinating storyteller through his dance movements, particularly his bell-laden ankles.

3. Ram on guitar (L) & Vinod on tabla

3. Ram on guitar (L) & Vinod on tabla

As most of us were new to Kathak, Nitin took the trouble to explain to us each story before his dance, to enable us to better grasp the story line. I was really appreciative of that!

4. Mahendran on flute (L) & Kalai on sitar (R)

4. Mahendran on flute (L) & Kalai on sitar (R)

Nitin also brought along three of his dance students to perform, which they did gracefully.

5. percussionist

5. percussionist

Earlier, Pandavas Fusion Band entertained the audience with a mixture of classical Indian and contemporary music.

6. Ram on guitar (L)

6. Ram on guitar (L)

Besides playing popular tracks that have been improvised and Kalai’s original compositions, the band also accepted song requests from the audience.

7. Subain Singam joins in

7. Subain Singam joins in

The 1.5-hour long show was a rare opportunity for Ipoh folk who hardly have access to classical Indian music and dance of such world standard.

8. Rajah on percussion

8. Rajah on percussion

The evening’s show was jointly presented by the Greentown Indian Cultural Society, Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose, High Commission of India (Kuala Lumpur), Majlis Kebudayaan Negeri Perak and Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara Perak.

9. Nitin's dance students

9. Nitin’s dance students

Event: An Evening of Indian Classical Music and Dance
Venue: Auditorium Jabatan Kebudayaan Dan Kesenian Negara Perak, Ipoh
Date: 13th March, 2016
Time: 8pm

10. Nitin and his students

10. Nitin and his students

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