Kalaa Kendra Performing Arts
Kalaa Kendra, based in Chandler AZ, serves to celebrate and enrich the purity and beauty of Kathak dance. Students go through various levels of training and a rigorous curriculum as part of Kathak graduation. Additionally, the school hosts annual competitions, gala festivals, in house productions and shows for students to participate in. The school also partners with other local organizations and fellow collaborators to make other performing opportunities available. For advanced students and dance company artists, there are intensive workshops and certificate programs in place.
Director & Founder of Kalaa Kendra Performing Arts
Radhika Kotwal has been a Kathak performing artist for the past 30 years. A Nritya Vishaarad (graduate) and recipient of prestigious awards, she founded Kalaa Kendra in 2006 and has trained hundreds of students over the years. Radhika has served as a national level examiner and has been invited to judge classical competitions, conduct several workshops & lecture demonstrations. She is known to preserve the purity of this dance style through her choreographies and yet collaborate with other western forms such as Flamenco, Ballet, Tap and modern contemporary. Some of her productions include Milaap, Darbaar and most notably Naari – the journey of a Woman.
In addition to her formal Kathak role as an instructor, Radhika has been instrumental in supporting art fundraisers/campaigns and is passionate about inspiring new budding artists through her company’s programs.
Radhika is a trained Hindustani classical singer, enjoys music & composing poetry and is also an electrical engineer working in the tech industry.