A Reflection by Pampi, Founder + Artistic Director

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often conflated with temple dances, Kathak was danced in Mughal courts. As a temple dancer with diasporic identity and one who benefits from Caste, and while I never formally learned Kathak, the music and movement form is deeply imbedded in my body. I am committed to center work resisting Islamophobia when I elect to dance in such a way where I borrow gesturally from the aesthetics of Kathak – especially the bells – in order to show solidarity with Muslim people who are a minority in South Asia and violently oppressed both by Hindu hegemony and white supremacy – often from low-caste or out-of-caste (Dalit) backgrounds which was and continues to be met with state sanctioned violence worldwide

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