“Entanglements of Brass and Thread and Skin” – Canthius Journal

This non-fiction essay was published in Canthius Issue 6. Canthius is a feminist literary magazine printed in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. You can pick up the latest issue of Canthius online, or subscribe to the journal, here. If you are in Ottawa, you can find Canthius at Possible Worlds, The Art House Cafe, Birling Skateboard Shop, and Kindred Shop + Studio. Canthius is available in Toronto … Continue reading “Entanglements of Brass and Thread and Skin” – Canthius Journal

Mehfil

Mehfil is a series of free, intimate performances that bring together kathak, its history, and my own history with the dance. Each Mehfil  is an intimate performance that uses the North Indian dance form kathak and history to ask how the past and identity intersect. In this hour-long conversation, I explore how diasporic experiences can sit between worlds — of past and present, centres and margins, and home and … Continue reading Mehfil

Katha Kahe, So Kathak

‘Katha kahe so kathak’ – katha, story, is the root of kathak. Those who dance kathak are storytellers. This phrase is invoked to explain the kathak’s history, extending its chronology to before the medieval period, when the form was actually introduced by Persian forces expanding into North India. This ‘history,’ which begins kathak’s history in a pre-Islamic ‘ancient/classical’ time, gives the Persian root of kathak … Continue reading Katha Kahe, So Kathak