1. EDITORIAL 2. The Making of an American Kathak Dancer- Introduction 3. Childhood – Dance & Music 4. Swarthmore College- 1962 to 1966- Russian Language 5. Kathak Kendra- 1967 to 1969- Kathak, Tabla, Hindustani vocal 6. Chicago – 1969 to 1971 7. New York City – Dance Capital of the World 8. The 1980s - Return to India with Baby Lela 9. The 1980s and 1990s - Back Home in New York City 10. Arts - in - Education 11. Performing in the 21st Century - A selection 12. Recent Recognition 13. Afterword 14. HARIKATHA: Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa Dās' Era in Indian Classical Music and Dance traditions- Introduction 15. Harikatha: An Ancient Tradition 16. The Art Form in Maharashtra 17. The Tradition of Harikatha in the Southern States 18. Harikatha, The Era of Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa Dās 19. Harikatha: A Divine Art 20. References of Harikatha as Yakshagāna 21. ‘Harikathā Pitāmaha’ Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa Dās 22. Harikathaka lakṣaṇamu 23. Harikatha Vaggēyakāra-s 24. Disciples of Nārāyaṇa Dās 25. Harikatha-s of Nārāyaṇa Dās 26. Purpose of Harikatha 27. Bibliography
Chicago – 1969 to 1971
I met Shirley Genther soon after returning from India. She served as Program Director in the pioneering Arts-in-Education organization Urban Gateways, which booked performing artists into inner-city Chicago public schools. After I demonstrated Kathak footwork and storytelling, Ms. Genther decided to pair me with an African-American dancer, Darlene Blackburn, and her drummer Brother Harold. Ms. Genther titled our program “Dances of the Earth”, because Darlene and I both danced barefoot.
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