Anga Kala Kathak Academy

Anga Kala Kathak Academy

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About Kathak

Kathak is one of the leading forms of Indian classical dance. The ancient art of India derived its name “Kathak” from  “Katha” the art of storytelling. The Kathak dancers were excellent narrators and storytellers, and they interpreted incidence from the great epics with gestures and music. Through an aesthetically exquisite and continuously evolving style, these storytellers of the past combined dance and music and became the protagonists of the modern Kathak dance.

During the Hindu period, this performing art of North India was nutured in temples for the glory of God. The dancers were mainly Brahmins and held in high esteem. Kathak dance believed in the Vaishnava philosophy and the Radha Krishna theme, passed through a period of renaissance and for some time became a powerful vehicle of entertainment for the Mogul courts. As a result of fusion of the Indo-Mogul culture, Kathak emerged into a new form of dance. Though the basic graces of the old form were retained, a new idiom was definitely added. The moguls brought their Persian art introducing the geometrical patterns and designs, music and dancing with special emphasis on footwork and intricate rhythmic patterns.

There are three main traditionally called “gharanas” in Kathak – Jaipur gharana, Lucknow gharana, and Benaras gharana each having its own characteristics and peculiarities. Kathak today has regained its old glory, its rightful place among the classical arts of India.

Founder

Antara Datta started learning Kathak at the age of five from Laxmi Bannerjee in Kolkata, India. She earned her degree in Kathak from Bangia Sangeet Parishad in Kolkata. She received advanced training in the Lucknow gharana style of Kathak from “Sringar Mani” Srimati Anuradha Nag (a senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj), artistic director of the Tarangini School of dance in San Jose, California and also from Kiran Chauhan (a senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj ), who is currently a full time faculty at the Anila Sinha Foundation in Chicago. The name “Anga Kala Kathak Academy” was coined by her guru Srimati Anuradha Nag.

Mission

Our Mission is to nuture an interest in the most beautiful classical dance form Kathak among kids and adults in the Pacific North West (Greater Seattle Area) and North East Ohio (Akron and Greater Cleveland Area)

Class Locations in Ohio

Dublin: Dance Extension 4400 Tuller Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

Strongsville: Cleveland Dance Academy 11937 Prospect Rd, Strongsville, OH 44149

Solon: Solon Community Church – 33955 Sherbrook Park Drive – Solon, OH

Canton:  Bright Minds Learning Academy 4900 Frank Rd. NW Suite #101, North Canton, OH 44720

Akron: 41 Rotili Ln, Copley, OH 44321

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