The Dancing Warrier
Exploring the Roots
Kathak comes from the word “Kathakkar” which means - “one who tells stories.” Kathak originally is the art of storytelling. It was often used as a way of worship and expression in the Temples of North India. Today, the art form is enhanced with vibrant rhythmic footwork and subtle nuanced movements.
Traditionally, Indian art forms are designed to create meditativeness. The Sanskrit sounds used in the songs evoke stillness and peace. Indian dance is a beautiful combination of sacred sounds, movements, and the entire human system. Thus, it ties together various aspects of Indian culture.
Training in Kathak is a wonderful way toward mental, emotional, and physical health. It improves general grace, stamina, and empowers one with a dedicated practice that can carry them through their entire life.
Vidya grew up in the suburbs of Michigan. She began training at the age of 5 under Kathak Guru Ashoka Rao, a direct disciple of the world renowned Guru Pt. Arjun Mishra of the Lucknowi Gharana.
When she turned 17, she made a bold move and shifted to India, alone. Here, she spent 11 years exploring yoga, meditation, and her cultural roots under spiritual Master, Sadhguru. Living immersed in both yoga and dance helped her connect to the spirituality of the land, and experience the union of art with devotion (Bhakti).
Vidya received her Bachelor’s Diploma in Kathak from Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. She underwent brief training under Pandita Archana Joglekar, as well as Taal Vidya training by Pandit Divyang Vakil. She has acquired additional training through periodic workshops under Pt. Birju Maharaj, Guru Saswati Sen, and Guru Kumudhini Lakhia.'s Kadamb.
Vidya has performed for large audiences across the U.S. and India. She has conducted several workshops across the US.
Her approach is to help Indian-American students thrive in the uniqueness of their identity - rooted in culture while being proudly American.