About Us

About Nikkon Nritya Academy:

Nikkon Nritya Academy is the initiative to spread the rich tradition of Kathak. It is an effort to revive, through a series of performances, the interest of today’s generation in the rich and cultural aspect of Indian heritage, like the Kathak tradition. Nikkon Nritya Academy is committed to training students in the joyful art and culture of Indian Dance. Our goals for each student are the same: To build confidence, emphasize poise and grace, and teach the foundation of dance so that one can express themselves in creative movement with passion, appreciation, and fun.

Nikkon offers dance classes for Kathak & Contemporary styles. Children from age group 5 and above can join classes.

At Nikkon Nritya Academy, a strong emphasis is placed on classical Kathak training. We believe that classical dance training is essential in providing students a strong and disciplined foundation for dance. While our students train in Kathak, we do perform various semi-classical, folk, and/or Bollywood/fusion dances for our annual day recital.

This institution started in 2009 by Mahua Bhattacharjee and Subhasis Bhattacharjee in R T Nagar, Bangalore. Mahua Bhattacharjee, an accomplished Kathak instructor and choreographer, has been teaching Kathak and folk dances for over 15 years. She is the dance teacher in Army Public School at Bangalore. She is “Nritya Praveen” awarded by Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and post graduate in Bharatnatyam from Rabindra Bharati University. She has won many awards and recognition for stage performances from the age of 7 years. At the age of 17 years she was entrusted with the responsibility of conceiving and choreographing the Annual Function of Sarojini Naidu College, Kolkata and she continued it for 4 consecutive years. “Marjina Abdullah” – Dance drama based on the famous story of Alibaba and forty thieves was choreographed and performed by her at the age of 14 years.

Subhasis is an avid lover of Indian music and dance. He enjoys spending time with Children. His aim is to take this initiative to a new height. He is committed towards overall growth of every child associated with the school.

About Kathak:

The origin of Kathak dance dates back to 17th century when it used to be practiced in Hindu temples. Much of the thematic content was devotional. Recounting episodes and moments were mainly from the Hindu epics. With the advent of the Muslim rule Kathak slowly moved from the temple to the court. We can see the fusion of Hindu temple and Muslim court room tradition in the present form of Kathak. The term Kathak means story teller and assumes the role of a dancer-actor – one who dances and tells a story through the intricate body movement and facial expression.

Kathak originated from the word Katha which means story – telling. Kathak is predominantly performed as an art of dance in the Northern part of India. On one hand, the art of Kathak dance was performed in the rural area in a theatrical manner, and on the other hand it was performed in the temple by the Sevadars (religious followers) as a vehicle of worship.

A typical Kathak performance begins with the dancer offering a prayer to the presiding deity. This is known as Vandana. It may be in praise of goddess Saraswati, Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesha or Guru Vandana. The performers will be presenting Torahs, Tehai, Tukras, Parans, chakradhar Tukras, chakradhar parans, gat, gat bhow, tatkar, and tarana. These technical terms lay stress on the rhythm and time beats. They are show within a unit of timelength which is marked by a refrain called Lehra which is played on sitar or harmonium and vocal.

Kathak originated from the word Katha which means story – telling. Kathak is predominantly performed as an art of dance in the Northern part of India. On one hand, the art of Kathak dance was performed in the rural area in a theatrical manner, and on the other hand it was performed in the temple by the Sevadars (religious followers) as a vehicle of worship.

A Kathak performance consists of two parts – Nritta and Nritya. The dance form which requires a high sense of rhythm with graceful body movements is Nritta. The other form where a dancer expresses and communicates a story or a poem using hands, facial gestures, mime and symbolic body postures, is Nritya.

The musical instruments that are used to accompany the dance performances are – Tabla, Pakhawaj, Manjira and Nakra for taal (beat), and Vocalist, Sarangi, Harmonium for the Melody (Dhun). The various segments of Kathak performances are:

1. Sloka

2. Aamad (entry) and Salaami (pranam)

3. Gat (movement) – Palta (changing direction), Gat Nikash (backward step with rhythm)

4. Tora/Tukra – Dance steps with more complex rhythmic patterns

5. Tatkar – Demonstration of more complex footwork


TRAINER

Mrs.Mahua Bhattacharjee
  • Classical Dancer, Dance Teacher, Stage Performer & Choreographer.
  • Started learning dance in the childhood and won many awards and recognition for stage performances from the age of 7 years.
  • Conceived and choreographed the Annual Function of Sarojini Naidu College in Kolkata for 4 consecutive years.
  • Loves to spend time with kids.
  • Facts:
  • Solo performance and few group performances of Kathak and Bharat Natyam dance in Doordarshan, Kolkata. Performed on more than 30 occasions on stage.
  • Choreographed “Marjina Abdullah” – Dance drama based on the famous story of Alibaba and forty thieves. Having the unique combination of knowledge in Classical and Creative dance forms.
  • Choreographed and performed on various Tagore Dance Drama viz. Shyama, Chitrangada, Chandalika, Shap-Mochon.

    Qualifications:
  • Honors in Bharat Natyam from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, in 1998
  • Nritya Praveen in Kathak from Prayag Sangeet Samity, Allahabad in 1997.
  • Bachelor of Arts from Kolkata University in 1995
  • Diploma in Kathak Dance from Bangiya Parishad, Kolkata in 1989.
  • Achievements / Experience:
  • Working as a Dance Teacher in a reputed school in Bangalore from May 2007 till date
  • Worked as a Dance Teacher in a reputed school in Kolkata from May 2005 to August 2006.
  • Member of “Rabi Rangan” - a school for cultural activities in Kolkata during 1992 - 1998