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The academy was founded with the sole purpose of imparting training of Kathak while inculcating the values, traditions and culture it embodies. It provides a stimulating, supportive and multi-cultural environment to explore the physical, intellectual and spiritual benefits of the ancient art-form as a student, professional or enthusiast. We wish to enrich the community through performances and demonstrations as well as foster personal growth and cultural exploration through its workshop and outreach activities.
Founder & Artistic Director
Antara Datta started learning Kathak at the tender age of five from Srimati Laxmi Bannerjee in Kolkata, India. She holds a double diploma in Kathak from the Bangiya Sangeet Parishad in Kolkata and the Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahabad, India. She received advanced training in the Lucknow gharana of Kathak from ``Sringar Mani`` Srimati Anuradha Nag (a senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj and the artistic director of the Tarangini School of dance, San Jose, California). To hone her skills further Antara Datta also receives training from Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj and Vidushi Saswati Sen, during her annual trips to India at Kalashram, New Delhi. In addition, she regularly visits Mahagami (a dance Gurukul in Aurangabad, India) to receive intensive training from Guru Parwati Dutta.
Archana has been part of the Anga Kala Kathak Academy since 2013. Her formal foray into Kathak was when she received training under the guidance of the late Pandit Chitresh Das at the Chhandam School of Dance in San Jose, California. She gets immense joy from passing on the passion and beauty of Kathak to the younger generations and started teaching at Chhandam School. Her interest for Kathak has deepened over the years under the able tutelage of Srimati Antara Datta. What began as a hobby is now a lifelong passion. She currently trains students at the beginner and intermediate level at Anga Kala Kathak Academy.
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