dancer in bright sari dancing in a fountain




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 ChoreographerPratap Pawar
Artistic Consultation and ChoreographySushmita Ghosh, Amina Khayyam, Padma Sharma and Gauri Sharma Tripathi
ComposerNiraj Chag
VocalsFahim Mazahar
TablaYoussef Mehmood
SarangiIlias khan
Production ManagerSharan Dass

Media Credits

ImagesRichard Haughton
FilmJason Larkin

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.

With special thanks to Tina Amin, Hampstead Town Hall, Bandish Gudka 

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