International Dance Day: Tatkar Competition organised by Leelangika Kathak Group

Muscat - 

To mark the International Dance Day on 29th April, the Leelangika Kathak Group, led by their guru, Jhumpa Chakraborty, held a Tatkar Competition. 

Ms.Jhumpa Chakraborty is a member of The International Dance Council or CID which is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO with it’s headquarters in Paris. 

The art of dance visually represents the tradition, culture, and music of the people. Dance competitions bring to the forefront the true form of this art. 


In the Kathak dance, tatkar is a type of rhythmic footwork. Tatkar has developed into a very sophisticated rhythmic pattern of footwork. This year with the theme of Dance Day being ‘return to the roots’, Leelangika celebrated the spirit of Kathak with a Tatkar Competition.. 

At the Tatkar Competition, the participating girls were put into five groups according to their ages. The competition took place in a hall decked up with curtains of multicoloured dupattas by enthusiastic mothers. As the full April moon climbed up the sky, the competition saw the tatkar beat get more and more vigorous. The dancers seemed to have achieved a trance-like condition of body and mind as they matched music and movement.


The evening ended with a prize-distribution ceremony and Ms. Jhumpa Chakraborty awarded the trophies and certificates. In Group 1 (6-8 years) Jahnabi bagged the first prize and Juana won the second position respectively. In Group 2 (9-14 years A) Anna got the first prize while Rupsa and Kena bagged the second and third positions respectively. In Group 3 (9-14 years B) Aditi was declared as the winner while Shaivi and Vyatiba came in second and third respectively. In Group 4 (15-18 years) Sneha stood first and Aditi was second. In Group 5 (20+ years) Anushaily stood first and Zanam won the second position respectively.

Ms. Jhumpa Chakraborty was most proud of all the girls and encouraged all the participants who had given their best.

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