As the Director and Master Teacher, Rita Mustaphi oversees all teaching staff of Katha Dance Theatre. Trained and dedicated Company dancers are offered teaching positions at KDT School, after completing their teacher’s training and apprenticeship. Rita also invites Kathak master, Pandit Birju Maharaj, the living legend of Kathak dance, and his company of dancers and musicians to visit from India, and organizes for long-term workshops within for the local community.
Rita Mustaphi, Director
Founder and Artistic Director of Katha Dance Theatre, Rita M. Mustaphi has choreographed more than 50 evening-length works that have been performed locally, nationally and internationally. Her notable performances include the show at Carnegie Hall, New York and several International Kathak Dance Festival, New Delhi, India. Mustaphi is a roster artist for COMPAS, Community Programs in the Arts as well as a teaching artist for the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. She teaches at the Hopkins and Maple Grove locations.
Monica Singh has studied Kathak for 16 years with Rita Mustaphi. She has performed in numerous KDT productions since 2006. Additionally, Monica has attended master classes with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen. She teaches Kathak at KDT’s Hopkins location.
Mukta Sathe learned Kathak from her guru, Sanjeevani Kulkarni in Nasik, India, and won the national “Swar Sadhana” competition while touring throughout the country. As a Company Member, her performance credits with Katha Dance Theatre include annual fall concerts since 2005. She has studied with Rita for over ten years, and has attended the International Kathak Festival at Chicago (2004) and participated in workshops conducted by Kathak Maestro Pandit Birju Maharaji, Kumudini Lakhia and Saswati sen. Mukta also teaches Kathak at KDT’s Edina location.
Anurag Sharma began learning Kathak dance in 2004 from Rita Mustaphi. Anurag attended International Kathak Festival at Chicago (2004) & attended Kathak workshops from Pandit Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen, Pandit Chitresh Das, Anjani Ambegaokar and Kumudini Lakhia. As a Company Member, his performance credits with Katha Dance Theatre include annual fall concerts since 2005; at the North American Bengali Conference, Toronto, Canada (2013); at the India Dance Festival with Indian Classical Music Circle in Dallas, Texas (2013). Recently he completed 3-monthes intensive training from Pandit Birju Maharaj in New Delhi, India. He teaches Kathak for Katha Dance Theatre at various locations.