This Sunday Culture Vultures presents an afternoon of Kathak (कथक) performance by Yona accompanied by Siross, two locally based artists. Kathak is on of the eight forms of Indian classical dance originated from northern India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or storytellers. These bards, performing in village squares and temple courtyards, mostly specialized in recounting mythological and moral tales from the scriptures, and embellished their recitals with hand gestures and facial expressions. It was quintessential theatre, using instrumental and vocal music along with stylized gestures, to enliven the stories.
Yona, born and bought up in France, has studied a variety of musical instruments, dance forms and musical genres. She is attracted to modes of expression from different cultures. Folklore and world music playing an important role in Yona’s life. Having lived in India, Israel, and Jordan, Yona currently resides in Fez where she continues to practice Kathak dance and Indian vocals.
Siross will accompany Yona with the lute as his prefered instrument and percussion as a form of expression any Arabic musician can not resist. He debuted the music scene with the banjo and guitar. He is practiced in the flute and has contributed to Malhoun and Andalusian perfromances. Siross shows us his creative talents and diversity of ability in this classical hindu repertoire.
Yona and Siross- Mysic Symbols
Riad Lalla Zoubida
Sunday 25th April