Hari ho… Gati meri
"Hari Ho... Gati Meri" is sourced from the lines of poet Sayyad Mubarak Ali Bilgrami. A Muslim by faith, his poetry reflected his love for Krishna. Bilgrami is not the only one. He is a part of a living tradition of shared heritage and oneness."Hari Ho... Gati Meri" (Let my salvation be in the Supreme ) is a statement of "You". It is a search for salvation, for truth and for beauty.
The production is divided into four segments:
Based on the poetry of Sayyad Fazlul Hasan popularly known as Maulana Hasrat Mohani, the work revolves around the eternal resonance of Krishna’sflute. "Is the melody emerging out of Krishna’s flute a message beckoning to eternal life or the fount of ever increasing knowledge?"
Shadows of each other
The poetry of Malik Muhammad Jayasi unfolds as the union of Radha and Krishna forms the central point, each the shadow of the other. "I am immersed in you, like a drop of water that dissolves in the ocean."
We become one, yet remain separate. You’re blue, I’m gold! You’re radiant, I’m in repose! You’re dynamic, I’m graceful! You’re tender, I’m passionate! You’re beauty, I’m truth! You are me, I am You. You are Krishna, I am Radha, I am Radha, You are Krishna!
Hari Ho… Gati Meri
I search for you elsewhere, ignorant me! Waiting, waiting and letting life go by, while you reside within the deepest core of me. Let my senses be open to you, within me. I hear the flute, I see the melody, I feel the love!
Concept & Research: Sanjay Nandan
Choreography & Costumes: Aditi Mangaldas
Light Design and Execution: Millind
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes
Tabla : Yogesh Gangani
Pakhawaj : Ashish Gangani
Flute : Kiran Kumar
Padhant : Mohit Gangani
Maulana Sayyad Fazlul Hasan “Hasrat”
Malik Muhammad Jayasi
Mian Wahid Ali
Sayyad Mubarak Ali Bilgrami
For those of us who first saw Gauri Diwaker dancing on-stage with Aditi Mangaldas and her company, there’s a real pleasure in seeing her come into her own as a solo artist.
Hari Ho Gati Meri – which Ms Diwakar brought to the final few days of the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 - was one of those performances where you know there is an exquisite mastery of technique underpinning every move... and yet this virtuosity is delivered with the lightest of touches, the subtlest of expressive graces. Everything is done in a spirit of service to the dance and its narrative.
Mary Brennan, dance critic with The Herald (Scotland)
Gauri Diwakar is also carrying the beautiful style of the Guru Birju Maharaj Garana,, with additional training from her own amazing guru Aditi Mangaldas. The style is lyrical but also very powerful, strong and exciting. I believe this dancer is a fantastic ambassador for the style and is the new generation which also respects the old traditions of teaching and discipline, as well as great musicality.
We rarely see really authentic Kathak in Europe and Gauri Diwakar is in my view, one of the best in India..
Morag Deyes, Artistic Director, Dance Base, National Centre For Dance, Scotland
...counted now among the brightest dancers , Gauri Diwakar's Hari Ho...Meri Gati debuted in the capital with an altogether unseen facet of the Radha-Krishna imagery . With four Muslim poets and their verses on Krishna as the base, Diwakar worked with many elements--not just the vigor of kathak but also the fluid swirls and meditativeness of the dervishes…………….
Malini Nair, Times of India
…..the uniqueness of “Hari Ho …Gati Meri” does not lie in it being based on Muslim poets’ love for Krishna. The point of reference is never the particular religion of an individual poet but rather uncanny and abstract facts like how Krishna’s flute emits out a universal resonance; how the choreography is about ‘you’ mingling and embracing the divine; and how one is looking constantly outside but may be the light is present within us.
Madhur Gupta, The Hindu
….if you aim to discover the next Aditi Mangaldas or Malavika Sarukkai. Gauri Diwakar may be one candidate….
In one virtuoso display, Diwakar mouthes a series of bols, or syllables of beats, that sound exactly like a tabla would. To watch her interact with the tabla player, the harmonium player and the singer, is like watching jazz musicians jamming.
Shobha Narayan, The Mint
“Hari Ho …Gati Meri” , is both a search, as well as a demonstration of the common thread of spiritualism and mysticism that runs through the worship of Lord Krishna. Although considered a Hindu God, Muslim poets were nonetheless keen to express their love and admiration for Lord Krishna
Ruchira Talapatra, Deccan Herald
...गौरी दिवाकर की चर्चा कई सालों से कथक की बेहद प्रतिभावान नृत्यागंना के तौर होती रही है । गुरु बिरजू महाराज, जयकिशन महराज और अदिति मंगलदास की तालिम का असर उनकी प्रस्तुति में दिखाई देती है लेकिन "हरि हो गति मेरी" की प्रस्तुति के बाद ये कहना होगा कि वह नृत्य को अध्यात्म तक ले जाने में सक्षम हैं….
मोही तोही राही (राधा) अंतर नाहिं....जइस दिख पिंड परछाहीं ( मल्लिक मोहम्मद जायसी )। ऊपरी तौर पर इसका अर्थ है कि कृष्ण राधा को कह रहे हैं कि तुममे और मुझमें कोई अंतर नहीं है। ठीक उसी तरह जैसे ज्योति पिंड और उसकी परछाई एक होती है, लेकिन गहराई में जाएं तो परमात्मा स्वयं कह रहे है अपने भक्तों से कि तुममे और मुझमें कोई अंतर नहीं है। मैं और तुम एक ही हो हैं ...तुम मुझे ढूढ़ते खुद ही खो जाओगे मुझ में। इस तरह के गहन भाव को जिस सहजता के साथ गौरी दिवाकर ने मंच पर प्रस्तुत किया वही उनकी सबसे बड़ी खासियत है। इसलिए आप सिर्फ नृत्य को देखते नहीं है महसूस करने लगते हैं। आप उसका हिस्सा बन जाते हैं।