Traditionally, the art form of dance has been revered in Indian culture and religion. Some forms, like Kathak, take years to master. Performances allow dancers to express what they’ve learned throughout the years.
Nrityangan Kathak Academy will host the 6th Annual Showcase at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Rd., Indianapolis.
Nrityangan Kathak Academy is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote and educate the community in the north Indian classical dance style of Kathak. It combines intricate hand movements with fast footwork.
“Over the last few years the school has grown a lot, and what we try to do is to have an annual showcase every year,” said Dr. Anindita Sen, the academy’s founder. “We are a nonprofit organization, and this is our way to promote diversity within the community. It’s also an opportunity to educate the community about this art form.”
The showcase will feature 13 dancers of various skill levels.
“When you learn this dance form in India, most of the classical Indian dance teachers are very strict, and they won’t let you perform on stage until you have trained for four or five years,” said Sen, a Carmel resident. “When I started teaching here, I realized that kind of a paradigm wouldn’t work with the children growing up in the United States.”
The event is free and open to the public.
“There are not that many Kathak teachers in the central Indiana community, so this gives us an opportunity to kind of educate the community, share our passion and essentially have fun,” Sen said. “The kids really enjoy it. It’s a way for them to connect with their parents’ heritage and roots.”
Seating begins at 3:30 p.m. For more, visit indykathak.com.