About Us

"Classical dance is an art, a form of meditation, an excellent medium of expression and a way of life!"

Under the guidance of Guru Mrs. Maneesha Sathe ‘Kalarthi’, dance institute was established in Pune on 9th Feb  2008. At ‘Kalarthi’ we believe that students along with learning Kathak and other art forms can have a distinct identity and that is why ‘Kalarthi’ this name was thought to be appropriate as ‘Kalarthi’ means the one who is keen to learn. Our vision is to take ahead the tradition of Maneesha taai’s Guru Nataraj Pandit Gopikrishnaji and to propagate and promulgate the art of Kathak. Students actively participate in various competitions and appear for the exams and come out with flying colors. Efforts are made to organize ‘Abhinyas’, a program where students get an opportunity and a platform to showcase their dancing skills. Weekend batches are conducted at Mayur colony, Kothrud and on weekdays at NDA Pashan Road, Bavadhan, Pune. Every person to have a worthy life must learn at least one art form and dancing is one of the art forms which gives you a balance of both mental and physical fitness. Also, the satisfaction derived out of learning a traditional dance form is unparallel.


Education

Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) in ` Classical Kathak Dance’ with first class and Master of Arts (M. A.) in `Classical Kathak Dance’ with first class from `Lalit Kala Kendra, Centre for Performing Arts’, University of Pune.


Achievements

Scholarship from `Lila Poonawalla Foundation' for post graduation. Scholarship from `Kamgar Kalyan Kendra’, Pune. `Nritya Visharad’ degree from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, 2003. `Nritya Alankar’ degree from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, 2005 totaling highest marks in all over India & honored by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya by an invitation to perform in the convocation ceremony held at Parbhani, Maharashtra 2007. National Scholarship from Government of India for advanced studies and training in Kathak. `Singarmani’ title awarded by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, 2005 and ‘Nritya shiromani’ awarded by Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Cuttack, Orissa, 2014.


Education Through Guru-Shishya Parampara

Since childhood opted classical Kathak dance as a career. Disciple of Guru Mrs. Maneesha Sathe from the beginning. Active member & staff teacher of Maneesha Nrityalaya’s performing unit. Participated in various workshops by Guru Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Pt. Birju Maharaj , Pt. Rajendra Gangani, Guru Kumudini Lakhiya and Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra (Odissi).
Graded Artist for Doordarshan for performing arts (Kathak).


Media experience

Worked as an assistant choreographer for `Nakashtranche Dene’ a top rated program on Alpha TV Marathi channel & a musical drama `Tumche Aamche Gaane’ for Sahyadri Doordarshan.
- Participated in `Balodyan’ at All India Radio also in an educational film by `Balchitrawani’ viz. Vasudeo.
- Participated in a dance sequence in marathi feature film `Sarkarnama’, choreographed by Guru Mrs. Maneesha Sathe.
- A certified ‘casual announcer’ by All India Radio.
- Active participation in Marathi drama plays.
- Compere for various classical dance and musical programs.
- A jury member for various classical dance competitions .
- Regular compere for the programs Swastha Bharat, Swachha Bharat, Pune Antaranga and Krishi Varta on Doordarshan Sahyadri.


Awards

Won various competitions held in Pune & Mumbai like Kalyani, Swarada, Dyandevi, Kalamandir, Pepsicrack 1998, Pune Navratra Festival, Sangeet Sharada Vidyalaya, Mood Indigo 2003 of IIT Powai, Maharashtra State Inter University Cultural Youth Festival-2004, West Zone Inter University Youth Festival-2004, organized by Saurashtra University, Rajkot. Winner of popular dance competition program `Boogie Woogie’ by Sony TV in classical round.




Academic Teaching

A short term workshop on Kathak for the students from Study Abroad Programme of the University of Pennsylvania, USA on India Culture & Society i. e. Penn-in-India, affiliated to American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) a consortium of American Universities. In the year of 2009, invitation by The Indian Embassy Of Thailand and Indian Women Club, Bangkok for six months to teach Kathak dance in Bangkok. Worked as an assistant to Guru Mrs. Maneesha Sathe for the Kathak workshops held all over Maharashtra. Teaching classical Kathak under the banner “Kalarthi” to every enthusiast who is sincere and has a deep respect for traditional Indian dance form. This is a personal mission to propagate Kathak in its original pristine form and pay respect to the teachings of Guru Mrs. Maneesha Sathe and all other Gurus. Have done a training program of peace ambassador of India in 2009 from Asha Centre, UK. Taught Kathak dance to remand home girls as a social work. For the past four years invited as choreographer by International College for Girls, Jaipur. Themes Namely: Jalatarang, Nayika, Colors, Women Empowerment which was highly appreciated by the audience.


Strengths

Although having highest regard for traditional Indian classical performing art, would also like to experiment with modern dance forms, western music and fusion, yet not compromising on authenticity of traditional classical forms. Deep faith in Guru-Shishya parampara. Keen and active interest in visual & performing arts.





Mission Statement

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life, wherein one cannot be replaced, nor can one's life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is unique so excellence dedication & faith can never be compromised”.