The Nrityodaya Kathak Academy, of Los Angeles, United States of America, established in 1989, is a sanctuary of the arts devoted to preserving the culture of Kathak dance and classical Indian art. The founder and director of the academy, Smt. Bhairavi Kumar, began her formal training in the Institution of Pt Nikhil Gosh under the guidance of Smt. Shivani Pandya, a Ghanda Bhandan shagrid of Pt. Lacchu Maharaji of the Lucknow gharana. Bhairavi Kumar’s training continued under Smt. Uma Dogra, disciple of Pt. Durgalalji of the Jaipur gharana. She has performed in numerous countries including India, Africa, Canada, and throughout the US. Smt. Bhairavi Kumar has been teaching Kathak in and around Los Angeles for over twenty five years and has earned a distinguished reputation as a traditional and dedicated teacher-performer of Kathak amongst her colleagues and pupils.
The academy is dedicated to educate, research, and bring diversity to the community through innovating dance and performance. In addition to performances at numerous events and festivals, the Nrityodaya Kathak Academy organizes and produces a bi-annual dance production. The Nrityodaya Kathak Academy has had the honor to host the Legendary Pt Birju Maharji for his 75th anniversary tour, Concert of the Legend, as well as multiple workshops with the legend himself and his prestigious shagirds. The academy has recently had the privilege of a workshop with the Smt. Jayanti Malaji, shagird of the legendary Queen of Kathak Smt. Sitara Devi.
Recent highlights of her incredible journey include performing at the Ganesh Festival in Los Angeles, The Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure, ‘“Anantha: Infinite Possibilities” performed at Mt. San Antonio College, and “India’s Fabled City: the Art of Courtly Lucknow” performed at LACMA. Smt. Bhairavi Kumar and her 5 most senior disciples toured throughout various cities in India and won first place at Bharat Sanskriti UTSAV 2014, a five day international competition in Burdwan, India.
Nupur Academy LA for Indian Classical Performing Arts is a living link between the generations, a vital link between visiting Indian artists and students in the US.
The Academy was founded by Guru Prachi Dixit in 2004, with our central location in Torrance, California.
Our Mission is to:
Develop the next generation of Artists
Promote the new generation of established Fine Artists from India and utilize their talents to train our students
Offer an advanced curriculum and give Degrees in Dance and Music
Preserve Indian Classical Arts and Culture and represent Indian culture to the Greater Los Angeles Area
Enhance family values and family bonds
Nupur Academy LA nurtures the creative expression, strength, self-confidence, and self-discipline of its students.
The Academy Visiting Artist program brings the new generation of Indian Classical Artists to the US to train and perform with our students.
This program provides refinement of our students’ abilities through mentoring, and builds their understanding of what it means to be an Artist.
Annual performances are a major part of the Academic preparation at the Academy.
Yearly exams are offered toward the attainment of Degrees in Dance and Music.
Currently classes are conducted at the main school studio in the City of Torrance. Classes are conducted for all ages.
Rangashree Dances of India specializes in the classical dance of Bharatanatyam(sometimes Bharata Natyam or Bharat Natyam) and Indian folk dances, particularly those of Gujarat and Western India. We work to sustain the spirit of India’s dance traditions through authentic performances and educational efforts.
India’s classical and folk dances are a window into the rich traditions of an ancient culture. Exuberant and colorful, they are pleasing to the senses. Yet they are also ceremonial expressions of devotion that reveal a glimpse of India’s soul.
We hope that you will enjoy these dance traditions and discover deeper meaning in them.
Goals: Preservation and promotion of Kathak, and ancient classical Indian dance form from North India.
SDA aims to contribute to the training of current and future generations in the field of Kathak
(fascinating style of Indian classical art form) and keeping them informed about the rich cultural heritage of India.
SDA based in Los Angeles, California area strives to achieve its mission as follows:
Teaching and promoting the knowledge and awareness of North Indian classical dance form of Kathak.
To preserve and expose the heritage of the Kathak dance form, to the community at large.
For enrichment of the art form (Kathak dance), to sponsor accomplished visiting dancers and accompany musicians by arranging performances and workshops.
Strive to generate new interest for Kathak in local community by building relationship with various community based organizations and educational institute via lecture demonstrations, presentations, and workshops.
To give opportunity to perform in large stage with live musicians, building on their self confidence and adding to their creativity.
Over time, the current students are prepared to teach and continually pass on their Kathak knowledge and expertise to newer generation in order to preserve the art form.
Kathak dance’s demanding preciseness and fine tuning mathematical skill, is very healthy for the mind, body and soul, thus helps grow a character with conviction.
The classes range in levels from introduction to Kathak to advance/professional and are designed to prepare students for pure enjoyment and appreciation of art. With the study of dance, students benefit immeasurably self discipline, self confidence, poise, grace, good posture, respect for hard work and appreciation for the art which they carry with them throughout their life.
The dance training has been designed into levels appropriate to age, maturity & dance expertise of each students. High standards are tempered by motivating, encouraging and providing enthusiastic learning environment.
Students progress through structured Kathak curriculum. Philosophy of SDA is to facilitate learning in order for every student to achieve their full potential.
SDA offer qualified approved course in Kathak and follow structured curriculum which is acclaimed internationally, and adapted by the well renowned schools of Kathak.
With consultation & research Abhay Shankar Mishra has designed the curriculum (syllabus) which has fundamentals and the best practices from all 3 styles of Kathak. Abhay Shankar Mishra is leading established exponent of Kathak and also mesmerizing performer, dynamic teacher and a creative choreographer of Kathak. His unique experience of learning all three of the major Gharannas of Kathak Lucknow, Jaipur and Banaras. He draws on his vast experiences to beautifully amalgamate all three Gharanas.