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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 Sandip Mullick (internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer , from India) Antara is the founder and artistic director of the Anga Kala Kathak Academy, which has branches in the Pacific Northwest,North East and Central Ohio and also in Pittsburg, PA. She held an adjunct faculty position of Kathak at the Cornish College of Arts in Seattle, Washington in Fall 2010 and then at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in Winter, 2014 and also taught master classes at University of Akron, OH in Feb 2017. She is a recipient of ALPHA women award in Mar, 2017 by Elite Women Around the globe for her contribution in the field of dance.


Antara belives that learning Indian classical dance is a lifelong experience. She relentlessly strives for perfection. She has attended numerous workshops by the legendary Guru Pandit Birju Ma-haraj .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 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. In 2016 she performed at the Madison Square Garden, New York, USA with Pandit Birju Maharajiís Company. In 2017, she performed at the International Dance Festival (Bharath Nriytasav) at Vishakhapatnam, India. Her innovative cho-reography has often brought together seemingly unrelated dance-forms (such as Kathak and Tap Dance or Kathak and Flamenco) , Kathak and Ballet in beautiful Ďjugalbandiís, captivating audiences across cultures.

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