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Legacy of Kathak: From Acharya Ganesh Hiralal Hasal to Gangaur and

Gangaur-and-ShubadaAcharya Ganesh Hiralal Hasal has spent a lifetime in the quest of art and is among the few teachers who have sincerely taught and simplified Kathak by making it interesting through performance, a form of Classical dances in India. He belongs to a family of renowned dancers of which he belongs to the 7th Generation. Acharyaji received his training from his own father Guru Hiralalji together with his late brother Shri Nritraj Hiralal who was also a famous dancer and teacher in Calcutta. While his father spent many decades of schooling this art form in Delhi, Acharya Ganesh Hiralal Hasal after spending a few years both at Calcutta and Delhi settled in Bombay, the gateway to the culture of India. Here every art form has its own existence and yet challenges for survival in modern world.

He has taught Kathak to many students, he is here to spread the legacy of Kathak Gharana. Amongst his many well-known learners he is a very proud Grandfather teaching his 9th generation, granddaughter Gangaur and Shubhada (Mumbai) Vinodini Hasal. Acharya Ganesh Hiralal Hasal has spent his lifetime in the quest of art and is among the few teachers who has sincerely taught and popularized Kathak. Gangaur and Shubhada are siblings have taken lots of efforts to reach people, underprivileged students by teaching Kathak voluntary without any aids or donations. Their selfless service to Kathak has made them unique in this era. These sisters belong to the 9th generation of dancers and are the granddaughters and disciples of the veteran mentor, Acharya Ganesh Hiralal Hasal, who is the torchbearer of the Jaipur Gharana. Gangaur and Shubhada are sisters, who look alike and have a remarkable stage presence.

The Sharma sisters have performed for some of the most prestigious festivals and with their devotion and commitment will soon be there among the main rank of dancers. On the whole it was an unusual and unique programme. They will be performing Kathak ballet on women empowerment at Bhaidas Auditorium, Vile Parle (W) on 21st November, 2015.

Akshay Redij

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