Marlboro College


MARLBORO, VT - (February 25, 2010) - Marlboro College will present, "Hands and Feet," a free, open to the public performance by dancer Sudeshna Maulik at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 7 in Ragle Hall.

Sudeshna Maulik performs classical north Indian Kathak dance - a technique characterized by fast rhythmic footwork and numerous pirouettes executed at lightning speed and ending in statuesque poses. She will be accompanied by Shawn Mativestky (percussion, table) and Jacob Charkey (cello).

Sudeshna Maulik has been studying kathak since the age of seven. She began her training in Calcutta, India, under teacher and guru Pt. Chitresh Das, and went on to study with Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi and at the National Kathak Institute under the mentorship of Padmabhibhushan Birju Maharaj. Later she went to Padmashree Kumudini Lakia (the great visionary of contemporary kathak) and learned the finer nuances of choreography. She has been living in Montreal since 2007, where she teaches kathak. A renowned performer in India, Maulik has danced in numerous performances in Russia, China, Taiwan, the United States, and all over Europe, and given workshops and lecture-demonstrations all over the world.

Shawn Mativetsky, is a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai of the Benares tabla gharana and has also studied tabla with Bob Becker. Shawn holds a Master's degree in music from McGill University and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and the United States. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University.

After finishing his undergraduate studies in cello performance at the Shepherd School of Music, Jacob Charkey took a serious interest in North Indian Classical music. Since the beginning of his studies in this art form he has been blessed with several great teachers including Aashish Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, Aruna Narayan, and Jagan Ramamoorthy. After receiving his Masters degree in Hindustani Music at the California Institute of the Arts, Jacob relocated to Montreal. In addition to his work in Hindustani music, Jacob also actively collaborates with musicians on projects in a number of genres ranging widely from klezmer, indie rock, avante-garde jazz, hip-hop, baroque music, and reggae. He was recently awarded a Shastri Institute fellowship to pursue further studies under Padmabhushan N. Rajam in India.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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