They say that I first started responding to music by tapping my feet right when I was in my crib. Realizing my affinity to dance, my parents sent me to Ashatai Joglekar’s institution in Mumbai to learn Kathak. As a toddler, it was too early for me to begin my journey in Kathak. However later, we moved to a smaller city in India where there were no opportunities to attain formal training in Kathak. But, my passion for dance never diminished. I continued to perform not only as a school or college student but also after I started working. Dance has always given me immense joy. However, I always felt the need to give an classical touch to my dancing in order to gain more gracefulness as a dancer. Upon attending the Gurukul academy’s workshop in Spring 2016, I decided to start learning Kathak and that is when I actually took my first steps…in the world of classical dancing! I have been learning Kathak for 4 months now and I have realized that in addition to it being alluring dance form, it also has few other health benefits like maintaining a better body-posture, stretching of your body muscles and increasing mind-and-body coordination. Kathak is helping me understand the art and gracefulness required in dancing and I hope to continue learning it as long as I can.
by Madhura Karnik – Prarambhik L2
About the Author: Hasita Oza
Hasita Oza, Founder and Artistic director of Chaitanya Kathak Dance Academy, USA. Hasita is an accomplished Kathak dancer trained rigorously under an eminent guidance of Pandita Rohini Bhate of Pune. Hasita has extensively performed in India and in USA.