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A whirling, colourful, dance extravaganza as Akademi’s Kathak dancers give an open-air performance in the beautiful surroundings of Somerset House.

Waterscapes was a captivating display of Kathak dancing from the Royal court of the Moghul Kings. It was performed in the magnificent Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House in August 2004 and was inspired by the Heaven of Earth: Art from Islamic Lands exhibition that was on display in the Hermitage Rooms at that time.

The courtyard exploded with colour, energy and vibrancy as the artists dance in and around the fountains, accompanied by live percussion.

Creative Team

Principal Choreographer: Pratap Pawar
Artistic Consultation and Choreography: Sushmita Ghosh, Amina Khayyam, Padma Sharma and Gauri Sharma Tripathi
Composer: Niraj Chag
Vocals: Fahim Mazahar
Tabla: Youssef Mehmood
Sarangi: Ilias khan
Production Manager: Sharan Dass

Performance Credits

Alpna Vaghela, Amina Khayyam, Archita Kumar, Hanna Mannilla, Indrani Dotta, Manisha Sevani, Nikki Granger, Payal Patel, Quincy Kendall Charles, Riaz Rhemtulla, Seema Patel, Urja Desai Thakore, Youko Inoue.


Supported by

Arts Council England, Somerset House

Special Thanks

Tina Amin, Hampstead Town Hall, Bandish Gudka 


Media Credits

Images: Richard Haughton
Film: Jason Larkin