Pta. Maneesha Sathe’s Views on Kathak

Whether on stage or off it, I am constantly aware that what I am today is due to the love and appreciation of my audiences. – Guru Maneesha Sathe. This is the awareness that drives each and every one of her performances. Knowing that most of the masses shy away

Abhinay Aspect

कथा कहे सो कथक कहलावे (Katha kahe so Kathak Kahalave) – one who narrates a story is known as Kathak. The very origin of Kathak comes from the art of storytelling. This is why ‘Abhinay’, expressions or ‘Nritya’, form an elemental part of Kathak. Mythological episodes, with a focus on

Taal Aspect

Kathak is the only Indian classical dance form in which, with the background accompaniment of Hindustani music, a Taal (rhythmic cycle of beats) is performed on stage and showcased through compositions of Thaat, Aamad, Tode, Paran and Tatkaar. This, along many other Tabla and Pakhawaj based compositions, forms the technical

Choreographic Artistry

Being a dance style primarily focusing on solo performance, Kathak has evolved with the changing times. Choreography has become an important aspect of Kathak since the past few years. Pta. Maneesha Sathe has explored various aspects of choreography in Kathak, keeping in mind the views of the ever-evolving audiences. Right

The Maestro

The Maestro

Guru Maneesha Sathe, a dancer of great renown, is one of the leading Kathak exponents of India. After initially learning from Pt. Balasaheb Gokhale, she went on to receive training from Pt. Gopi Krishnaji. Pandita Maneesha Sathe is the torchbearer of Nataraj Gopi Krishnaji’s dance style and the founder of...

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Maneesha Nrityalay

Maneesha Nrityalay

Founded in 1975 by Guru Maneesha Sathe, Maneesha Nrityalay (मनीषा नृत्यालय) is a one of the leading Kathak institutes in Pune. Performing arts were learnt through Guru-Shishya (गुरु – शिष्य) parampara for several centuries in India. The disciple would actually stay at the Guru’s home for many years, practicing and...

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