Baithak: Ashta Nayika {Kathak Dancers}

Kathak Dancers The two kathak dancers, Shaalini Desai and Rupali Bhave will be presenting Nayika pieces from their Kathak repertoire. All 8 pieces deal with EIGHT conditions (awastha) of the heroine with respect to their hero, as prescribed within the Natyashastra by Bharata muni. 2 of these pieces will be portrayed by the dancers. Bios [...]

Kathak Teacher: Sheila Oak

Read on about Sheila Oak and her Kathak journey in the DMV! 1. Tell us about yourself: In addition to directing the Kathak program for Rhythmaya Dance and the Maryland Bollywood programs, Sheila received her MBA at University of Maryland and B.S. in from the School of Engineering at George Mason University. Sheila lived and worked in investment banking [...]

Kuchipudi Dancer: Sahiti Rachakonda

Sahiti Rachakonda started her training in the Kuchipudi at the age of 5, and continued learning under Smt. Anuradha Nehru at Kalanidhi Dance since 2010. Sahiti began performing with the Kalanidhi Dance company in 2017, and has since participated in various productions across the United States, including “Bhoomi,” “Poetry of Love,” “Why We Dance,”  and [...]

Baithak Event: Ashta Nayika ..Of Love And Lovers

Baithak Baithak or Bethak literally means "seat" or "place to seat" in several languages from South Asia. Tandavam aims to delve into giving a deeper appreciation of arts for the art lover, and as a result, Baithak series came about. These will allow a coming together of art, artiste and the art lover in a way that brings [...]