Project Description

Pradhanica Kathak dance and world drums ensemble


Rhythm in Motion | Kathak Dance, World Percussion, Indian Melody

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Inspired by the perversive power of rhythm, Pradhanica explores how rhythm unites dance and music. Fast-paced footwork, dizzying spins, and dynamic drumming come together in this contemporary presentation of the Indian classical dance form of Kathak. In Pradhanica, named for female “leader” or “head,” the dancer demonstrates her mastery over rhythm.  Choreographer, dancer, and percussionist Jin Won – described as “exuberant” by The New York Times collaborates with renowned Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil to create percussion driven work that has a transformative effect.


The treasure was Pradhanica. Fleet-footed choreography, along with music which illuminated Indian rhythms in enticingly off-beat ways. (Jin) Won’s musicality transformed her dancing into something primal. The tension between wildness and control was a hallmark of Pradhanica.
Gia Kourlas, New York Times
Jin Won adds innovations to North Indian Kathak dance…is the forward scout leading this ensemble into new lands in a delightful concert framed but not limited by tradition. She is an embodiment of pure rhythm, irresistible as she is versatile.
Robert Johnson, NJ Arts
split-second precision, crisp spins, and clean footwork went perfectly with the ear-pleasing, yet complex arrangement of drumming.
Jinal Shah,


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