AN AMERICAN GHARANA?

PUBLISHED IN SPAN MAGAZINE

In a small theater in New York, Parul Shah moved through her traditional Kathak repertoire, accompanied by tabla and sitar. The audience, a mixed crowd, punctuated the piece with applause. When the number was over she quickly changed out of her costume, a Mughal-style kurta and churidaar, into her dress for the next piece. The new costume was reminiscent of the Mughal outfit in its basic outline but was more form-fitting with clear contours. The dance itself began on the floor with the lights focused on the palms of her hands. . .