Few words about us

The academy was founded with the sole purpose of imparting training of Kathak while inculcating the values, traditions and culture it embodies. It provides a stimulating, supportive and multi-cultural environment to explore the physical, intellectual and spiritual benefits of the ancient art-form as a student, professional or enthusiast. We wish to enrich the the community through performances and demonstrations as well as foster personal growth and cultural exploration through its workshop and outreach activities.

Years of experience

Antara began studying Kathak at the age of 5 and has specialized in the Lucknow Gharana under various Gurus. In addition to founding the Academy, she has taught dance at Cornish College of Arts, Kent State University, and the University of Akron.

Authentic techniques

With the belief that learning classical Indian Dance is a lifelong pursuit, Antara is devoted to perfection. Her innovative choreography has joined Kathak to seemingly unrelated dance forms such as tap, flamenco, and ballet.

Student oriented lessons

Students receive training from the age of five and progress through upper levels as they develop their skill levels.

Certification courses

The academy is accredited to ISTD (www.istd.org). As students graduate, they are recognized with certification of accomplishment.

Showcase opportunities

Every other year, the school organizes a recital where there is opportunity to collaborate with world class professional musicians, dancers, and instructors. Also there are opportunities of performing in numerous community events throughout the year.

Flexible classes

Anga Kala Kathak Academy has five branches in Seattle, Washington; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Columbus, Copley, and Cleveland, Ohio

Antara Datta

“Dancing is my passion” says the founder of Anga Kala Kathak Academy. Dance is not merely a physical activity but it enriches her soul. She is a Kathak veteran and has performed in various shows, events and programs for many years. Her goal is to carry on her Guru’s tradition and nurture an interest in the beautiful North-Indian classical dance form of Kathak among kids and adults all around.

Choose the right
class for you

We provide 3 types of classes to suit enthusiasts according to their level of footwork and movement expertise. Each class gets more intense and in-depth ultimately aiming to make you a master at the art-form of Kathak.

our gallery

Get personal with AKKA! Visit our gallery and check out our latest performances and events. Have a glimpse inside the institute and get to know some of our star performers.



We are parents from Pittsburgh class. Friend of us really appreciated about Antaraji’s dedication and commitment about teaching kathak. Inspired about her travels to Pittsburgh area to teach students is really inexplicable in words, I feel students are lucky to have her. We look forward to her growth and success. Thanks to anga kala kathak academy and teacher Antara.

Gayathri Hebbar


My daughter Ioli has been learning Kathak from Antara di and Charu from last 6 years. Thanks to her Guru’s dedication and inspiration, she loves Kathak. We feel really fortunate to be part of Anga Kala Academy. Our sincere thanks to Anga Kala Academy for providing the students an opportunity to learn and experience our rich heritage through Kathak.

Parent of Ioli Shrivastava, Seattle


My daughter has been taking classes with Antara for 5 years now. Antara is one of the most dedicated , talented and truly inspiring teachers I have come across. From perfecting the techniques of the students, to correcting their abinayas, to supporting them when they fail she is the perfect combination of teacher and mother. Always encouraging them but never accepting anything but their best, practice , practice, practice is her motto which instills in the girls a sense of purpose, commitment and discipline. By giving them new venues to perform, composing new pieces or encouraging them to take the standard exams, she constantly looks to expand the horizon for the school and her students. We are so fortunate and blessed to have Antara as our daughter’ teacher and guide.

Kalpana Raghunathan

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Anga Kala Kathak Academy is affiliated to ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance)

Students from Anga Kala Kathak Academy can get a formal diploma in Kathak.