Apprentices

Aanchal Sahni has been learning Kathak dance under the guidance of Rita Mustaphi since 2007 and has attended master classes with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen. Rubaiyat was her first KDT production.

Anisha Sharma has been learning Kathak dance from Rita Mustaphi since 2009 and attended Kathak workshops with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen. Rubaiyat was her first KDT production.

Saniya Shah has been learning Kathak dance under the guidance of Rita Mustaphi for over 10 years and has attended master classes with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen.

Kamala Nair has been learning Kathak dance under the guidance of Rita Mustaphi since 2006 and has attended master classes with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen.

Madhulika Srikanth studied Kathak in India for 12 years with Upasana Tiwari and Manjiri Kiran Mahajani. She has performed at the Uday Shankar Ballet Festival as well as Hori in Jaipur, India. She has also attended summer workshops by Pt. Birju Maharaj and Ms. Saswati Sen for 2 years in Mumbai. She made her debut with KDT this year in Ritu – The Seasons.

Rimika Dhara has been studying Kathak dance under the guidance of Guru Bhavana Lele in India and since 2017. She is now continuing her passion as the disciple of Guru Rita Mustaphi here in Minnesota. While here, Rimika has performed for the Bengali Association of Minnesota. In the past, she has attended workshops conducted by Pandit Birju Maharaj and Guru Saswati Sen, and has performed at several events and dance dramas in Mumbai. She has received several dance awards in India and in Dubai.