I received my initial Kathak dance training in India under the guidance of Mrs. Reba Vidyarthy and then got the opportunity to pursue further training under the expert guidance of the Kathak Legend – Pandit Birju Maharaj. I am one of those lucky one’s who got the encouragement, guidance, and continuous support form her mother. I was fortunate to be able to travel all over the world with my Guruji Pandit BirjuMaharaj ji for performances at many international dance festivals. My teaching abilities were honed by assisting him in numerous workshops in India and abroad. After gaining valuable experience, I was able to establish myself as a Solo dancer and choreographer. As an independent Kathak artist, I performed and presented my original choreography in countries like China, Indonesia, Africa, and the United States. In 2014, I was honored when my Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj accepted me as his “Ganda-Bandhit” Shisya – an ancient tradition where a Guru recognizes the dedication, effort, and talent of his/her student and deems them worthy of carrying on his/her legacy.
Since 2005, I started teaching Kathak Dance in the Chicago land area. Along with teaching I created and presented many Kathak Ballets like “Kumar Sambhav” – based on the scripture by the great Indian poet Kalidas and “Rajnartaki” (Royal court dancer) – based on true historic events, “6th Element’ based on global warming and many more.
In 2016, with my guru’s blessing I fulfilled my dream of starting an institution I-RADHA dedicated to my mother Mrs. Radha Chouhan. I-RADHA is an acronym for Indian Rhythms, Arts & Dances Heritage Academy. Its mission is to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage and provide learning opportunities to the younger generation of artists.
Schaumburg, IL, USA