Confluence of art

Event Two city artistes will collaborate with a German slam poet to create a unique performance

It is hard to imagine what could come from a collaboration between a Kathak dancer, a Western classical pianist and a young German slam poet. This weekend, Daniel Gomez, Mangala Bhatt and Theresa Hahl will attempt just that. A performance that aims to showcase the intra-cultural relations between India and Germany will have the artistes on stage together, engaging each other in a dialogue.

Pianist Daniel Gomez has been a resident of Hyderabad for the past two years and has performed at several venues in the city. Although it was work that brought him to India – he holds an executive position at Novartis – Daniel discovered, to his surprise that there was an audience for his music here. “I didn’t expect to find people interested in western classical music but I was at a private gathering in Delhi two years ago and saw that the response was great. That’s when I decided that I could continue spreading my music,” he says. Since then, Daniel has been a part of many performances. He has been playing the piano from the age of six. “My grandfather was a lover of music and it was he who taught me to play before I joined the conservatory for a formal education in classical music.”

Mangala Bhatt is no stranger to Hyderabad. Initiated into the Kathak tradition by Pandit Durgalalji she has been dancing since she was a little girl and has been performing for a while. Mangala who has previously collaborated with artists from other countries says, “I’ve always had it in my mind to explore western classical music so when this performance came up in a conversation with Amita Desai, I took it up. I have worked with Mexican percussionists and Russian classical musicians before but this performance will be different because it is more about responding to each other and exploring with each other.”

Poetry, the third element of the performance will be delivered by Theresa Hahl, a young German poet who will be reciting her own work in German.

“The performance is going to be a confluence of three styles but each will retain its individuality. There is no fusion but interaction and dialogue so in a way each form remains pure and orthodox,” says Daniel. “The poetic element is what connects the dots between the three forms. The aim is to expose people to a unique form of work, even as it is being created by us.”


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