Last Thursday I took part in a Kathak programme at Raj English School in Paharia, near Sarnath. I performed there a few years ago with sarod player Shuji Yamamoto. Once again it was organised by my Guru-ji's son, Dr Debabrata Bhattacharya. This time he asked me to put together a Kathak programme with some foreigners, so I gathered together dancer Kazumi Nishikawa (who I've been practising with in Varanasi for the last 5 years), sitar player Yohei and harmonium player and singer Yuki Taniguchi. We rehearsed daily for a couple of weeks and I think it went down pretty well. We even got a few articles in the local Hindi newspapers. It was an excellent learning experience; at last I started to get to grips with some of the non-composed sections of Kathak dance, like upaj and gat-bau (dance drama).