Tuesday September 29 2020


Kathak Dance Academy

 Anindita Sen has been a teacher to my daughters for the past several years. She is a dedicated teacher whose goal is for her students to learn this beautiful form of classical dance and appreciate the culture of dance. My eldest was only able to learn for a few years as she went to college but still comments about how much she enjoyed the class and how she wishes she had spent more time with Anindita and had actually graduated in the program. She had taken dance instruction from another teacher for a couple of years before and with Anindita learned more in the first few months!

My second daughter did graduate in Kathak (Raang Manch Pranamme) and her passion for dance is evident in her visage as she talks about the program and her love for Kathak.

My youngest is still in the program and plans to also complete her graduation with Anindita. All three daughters have time and again commented about Anindita's teaching style; firm and professional, yet very kind and loving.

I feel fortunate to know Anindita; my daughters have learned not only Kathak but have become better people for having been in her tutelage. I would recommend her highly to anyone who would like to experience the art of Kathak.

T. Chakrabarti

   My daughter Roshni graduated in Kathak from Nrityangan in 2011 after having received training from her guru, Anindita Sen. Anindita is an excellent dancer, choreographer, teacher, and mentor, and Roshni has greatly benefited from Anindita's guidance in acquiring a positive direction about fine arts in general and Indian classical dance in particular.

Anindita took the time to understand Roshni's personality and structured her lessons in a way that appealed to her, so when she pushed Roshni pretty hard towards achieving perfection, it was hard work in an enjoyable way.

Under Anindita's tutelage Roshni has performed at a variety of events, which has given her great exposure and substantially improved her confidence. I wish Nrityangan a bright future!

A. Bag

 I do not exactly remember our first meeting with Anindita. I do remember distinctly the warm flutter in my heart upon learning that she lives in our neighborhood and teaches Kathak. My passion for Kathak goes to back to my childhood when I had to quit learning Kathak due to family reasons. So, finding out about Anindita, it seemed like God had sent me another opportunity to be able to carry on with my dream through my daughter who at that point was a complete tomboy.

I remember that at times we were more enthusiastic about Kathak than Shivani was about learning this beautiful classical dance. I admired Anindita's patience on many occasions when I sat through the practices and saw my child with minimal attention. It was amazing to see Anindita encourage, gently nudge and get her to do the same steps numerous times till she achieved perfection.

At our end we felt very proud each time she recited a bole and performed ladi that she had learnt. Everything was going well until we had to stop Kathak lessons when Shivani got hurt in an accident. We had to reluctantly resign to the idea that her dancing days are done with. It was once again fate that Anindita encouraged us to resume dance classes once Shivani had recovered and was bouncing around as her normal self.

This led to countless hours of practice. Shivani had gradually become more and more enthusiastic about dance classes and started to talk about each class more passionately. We realized that Shivani is blossoming under the guidance of her guru. Anindita had slowly and surely instilled the passion for Kathak in Shivani.

Praise and encouragement by Anindita was doing wonders for her and then came the day when Anindita mentioned about her Rang manch pranaam. We were nervous and excited at the same time. Anindita being a professional had a spreadsheet with timeline for everything. She cared for each dance piece deeply and gave attention to detail for each step of the dance till Shivani was able to perfect it. She was going to showcase the dances along with helping us with the logistics of the performance in a very professional way.

The practices, costumes, lights, ghungroos, timing, make up and all the detailed planning was worth it when Shivani was able to perform Kathak flawlessly on her Rang manch pranaam event. We felt gratitude, pride, relief, happiness, and tremendous satisfaction after the performance. The special bond between the guru and the shishya is very visible and can be felt each time before and after each performance they put together.

It is heart warming to feel the passion they share. We are indeed grateful to God and Anindita that Shivani has been able to appreciate this classical dance. We wish Anindita and her dance academy the best. I definitely hope that this association will continue for years to continue.

Dr. S. Bajpai