WELCOME TO NRITYODAYA KATHAK ACADEMY Indian Classical Dance

Kathak Dance is one of eight forms of Indian classical dance. This dance style can trace its origins all the way back to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. The name Kathak dates back thousands of years to the ancient Sanskrit language and translates to “Story” and a Kathaka in Sanskrit means roughly “he or they who tells a story.” This beautiful and graceful dance style has been capturing the hearts and elating the senses of people for centuries. Nrityodaya Kathak Academy and School of Dance has continued to pass this ancient traditional dance down to the next generation of “Kathakars” or storytellers.

GRACE – STYLE TRADITIONTraditional Dance

Kathak Dance is one of eight forms of Indian classical dance. This dance style can trace its origins all the way back to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. The name Kathak dates back thousands of years to the ancient Sanskrit language and translates to “Story” and a Kathaka in Sanskrit means roughly “he or they who tells a story.” This beautiful and graceful dance style has been capturing the hearts and elating the senses of people for centuries. Nrityodaya Kathak Academy and School of Dance has continued to pass this ancient traditional dance down to the next generation of “Kathakars” or storytellers.

HISTORY – PRODUCTIONS AWARDS Classical Indian Art

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 Society

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Students Comment

She is an amazing kathak teacher

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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. 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 been learning from Bhairavi Aunty for the past 11 years

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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.

I would highly recommend it!!!!

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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!!!!