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Antara Datta started learning Kathak at the tender age of five from Srimati Laxmi Bannerjee in Kolkata, India. She holds a double diploma in Kathak from the Bangiya Sangeet Parishad in Kolkata and the Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahabad. She received advanced training in the Lucknow ghara-na of Kathak from "Sringar Mani" Srimati Anuradha Nag (a senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj and the artistic director of the Ta-rangini School of dance in San Jose, California) and also from Kiran Chauhan (another senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj and cur-rently a full time faculty at the Anila Sinha Foundation in Chicago, Illinois). Antara is the founder and artistic director of the Anga Kala Kathak Academy, which has branches in the Pacific Northwest and the upper Midwest. She held an adjunct faculty position of Kathak at the Cornish College of Arts in Seattle, Washington in Fall 2010 and another one at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio two years ago.


Antara belives that learning Indian classical dance is a lifelong experience. She relentlessly strives for perfection. She has attended workshops by the legendary gurus Pandit Birju Ma-haraj and Kumudini Lakhia. To gain better control on laya she takes layakari lessons from Kuntal Roy (a student of Pandit Shankar Ghosh) and tabla virtuoso Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Antara Datta has performed extensively in different parts of the USA, as well as in Kolkata, India. The list includes solo and group performances in Cleveland (Ohio), Columbus (Ohio), Canton (Ohio), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Seattle (Washington), Tacoma (Washington), Olympia (Washington), Chicago (Illinois), Grays Lake (Illinois) and Houston (Texas). She and her students have been regular performers at the Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle, as well as the Asian Festival and the India Fest in Cleveland. In July 2012, she performed solo Kathak with live music at the Triguna Sen Auditorium in Kolkata, India. Her innovative cho-reography has often brought together seemingly unrelated dance-forms (such as Kathak and Tap Dance or Kathak and Flamenco) in beautiful ‘jugalbandi’s, captivating audiences across cultures.

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