Based in Durban, South Africa, Manesh Maharaj is a highly celebrated Kathakar whose mesmerizing display and mastery of Kathak have won him wide acclaim from critics and connoisseurs both locally and abroad. He honours the role of a soloist with the utmost respect, discipline and devotion. His thought provoking concepts and engaging performances transcend barriers and convention and are infused with a universal appeal that elevates one from the mundane to the ethereal. A dynamic innovator and ambassador of an ancient classical tradition, Manesh is a firm believer in the ‘now’, connecting his artistic creations with anyone who shares a natural empathy for life.
Manesh Maharaj offers his students and audiences a rare spiritual experience through his passion for the performing arts of India. His innovative work enriches the cultural soil of South Africa. His intention is to expand this influence and to spread his unique style of Kathak onto the international stage.
SATI - Shiva’s Beloved
SATI - Shiva’s Beloved, the latest production by Sarvavidya Natyaalaya is a collaborative project between the Sarvavidya Dance Ensemble (SDE) and Manesh Maharaj - artistic director and founder of Kala Darshan Institute of Classical Music and Dance. The aim of this production is two fold as it delves into the collaborative possibilities of two different classical Indian dance styles in South Africa i.e. Bharatanatyam and Kathak, and it is a narrative exploration of the Hindu mythological story of Sati and Shiva.