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About the Event
Presented by Leela Foundation and Sankhya Dance, we continue the Baithak Series in February with two classically trained dancers performing two different styles of Indian classical dance. Live on Instagram (@Leela.foundation) on Saturday, February 27, 2021 starting at 11 am EST (9:30 pm IST)
Kriti Rakesh, is a multi-faceted Kathak exponent, performer and teacher. Kriti was born and raised in the beautiful Pink city of India, Jaipur. She is the Director of Aakriti Kathak Academy founded in 2012, in Cary, North Carolina. Kriti is co-founder/director of OORJA Productions. Kriti is a disciple of renowned Guru and Sangeet Natak Academy award winner, Dr Shashi Sankhla of Jaipur Gharana and renowned Guru Pandita Maneesha Sathe, a famous Kathak exponent of India (Banaras Gharana). Kriti began her training at 4. She won a scholarship award from Government of Rajasthan for 2 consecutive years and performed her first Kathak solo recital at the age of 9. She has Diploma in Kathak from Jaipur Kathak Kendra (Jaipur), Nritya Visharad and Nritya Alankaar from Bharati Vidya Peeth University, Pune.
Kasi Aysola is a dance artist who is making his mark in the United States. He is the Co-founder & Artistic Director of Prakriti Dance, an innovative dance company. Kasi is a dancer, choreographer, and nattuvangam artist of Indian performing traditions who trained under Guru Viji Prakash in Bharata Natyam and under Mythili Prakash. He has also trained in Kuchipudi under late Guru Vempati Ravi Shankar and Yamini Saripalli. Kasi is pursuing both forms with the intention to inspire new generations of dancers to delve into the enriching world of Indian performing arts.