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.
Bhairavi Kumar has received several awards throughout the years and has been nominated to receive an honorary Doctorate from the Hindusthan Arts and Music Societyview more
We have been driving from San Diego to Walnut every week for the past 6-7 years so that my daughter can learn Kathak from Bhairaviji, and it is worth every moment of it.Vaishali Patel
She is an amazing kathak teacher, very caring and very thorough. She is a fantastic human being and if I were to do this all over, I sure would.
I recommend her to anyone wanting to learn this wonderful art form with reverance, respect and details.
I have had the distinct pleasure of pursuing Kathak at the Nrityodaya Kathak Academy under Smt. Bhairavi Kumar's guidance for over 20 years. Learning from Bhairavi Auntie has always been special; she is the kindest and most compassionate teacher. The knowledge that she possesses in Kathak and Hindustani music/art is boundless and I am always humbled learning from her. In 2011 I performed my Ganda Bandhan to become a shagird (disciple) of Bhairavi Auntie and I regard it as one of the greatest honors of my life. I also had the privilege to travel to India with Bhairavi Auntie and my senior troupe to perform in several cities. It was an incredible experience to travel to my motherland with my guru and perform Kathak as a US born dancer. I have essentially grown up with this academy and Kathak is by far one of my greatest loves. I have had amazing experiences throughout the years at the Nrityodaya Kathak Academy - performing/choreographing our bi-annual productions, taking workshops with legends such as Pt. Birju Maharaji and Smt. Jayanti Malaji, and making lifelong friends and memories. Bhairavi Auntie has helped form me into the individual I am today through lessons in Kathak and in life. I am excited and honored to pass down the tradition to future generations.Ankita Bordoloi Gurunath
I have been learning from Bhairavi Aunty for the past 11 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. She is a teacher who deeply cares about her students and their progress, and constantly pushes them to do their best and reach their full potential. She has a great attention for detail and a great love for the arts. I would recommend any interested Kathak students to join the Nrityodaya Kathak Academy.Rutuja Sabnis
We love Bhairavi ji and her academy, she has been a Guru for my daughter since last 11years and has been instrumental in creating the passion for Indian Classical Dance for our daughter who is seeking to achieve a diploma in coming years. If you want your kids to be attached to their Indian heritage, joining Nrityodaya Kathak Academy is a great way to get started. I would highly recommend it!!!!Ritesh Kumar
My daughter has been learning from Bhairaviji for the past 10 years and she has loved every moment of it. Bhairaviji is an amazing dancer and even more amazing and dedicated teacher. She tries to help every single student achieve their true potential, and passes on her passion for dance in her teaching. We recommend this teacher for anyone who wants to learn Kathak.Sunetra Sabnis
We have been going to nrityodaya Kathak for almost a year now. Ms. Bhairavi is the best guru anyone can get. She is thoroughly professional, really patient with the little kids and has a true love and passion for Kathak. My daughter is really motivated and practices even without me asking her to. I have to thank Ms. Bhairavi for making my daughter love Kathak and she truly enjoys it. I would recommend for anyone who is looking Kathak to start here, you will not regret.Athika Anwardeen