Kathak is joy of movement and hearth of life.

Learn the authentic essence of Kathak .

About Kathak

Kathak is one of the main genres of ancient Indian classical dance with its core roots tied up with Lord Shiva himself, it is traditionally regarded to have originated from the travelling bards of North India referred to as Kathakars or storytellers. These Kathakars wandered around and communicated legendary stories via music, dance and songs quite like the early Greek theatre. Kathak’s origin can be traced to Mahabharat and Ramayan kal with Kush and Luv being the  first Kathiks. The genre developed during the Bhakti movement, the trend of theistic devotion which evolved in medieval Hinduism. The Kathakars communicate stories through rhythmic foot movements, hand gestures, facial expressions and eye work. This performing art that incorporates legends from ancient mythology and great Indian epics, especially from the life of Lord Krishna became quite popular in the courts of North Indian kingdoms. Four specific forms of this genre, which are Four gharanas (schools), which mostly differ in emphasis given to footwork versus acting. Namely, the Jaipur gharana, the Benaras gharana, Raigarh gharana and the Lucknow gharana.

Why learn


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Enhances your focus

Kathak helps in improving focus and concentration as the dance form is full of movements of the foot, eyes, hands, and face.

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Kathak is a dance full of grace and passion. Perhaps, one of the greatest benefits of learning this dance form is that it gives you an avenue to perform on stage


True Notion of Aesthetic Bliss

Learning and mastering Kathak will enable you to learn the aesthetics of this dance form. That is the true bliss resulting from the beauty of body movements and hand gestures.

Neha Pendse Dance Academy

NPDA is a sanctuary of the arts devoted to preserving the culture of Kathak dance and classical Indian art.

The academy is dedicated to educating, research, and bringing diversity to the community through innovating dance and performance. In addition to performances at numerous events and festivals.

Kathak Connoisseur & NPDA founder

Neha Pendse

Neha Pendse is the founder and artistic director of Aradhana academy of kathak dance based in Houston, TX . She is the disciple of Late Mrs Savita Godbole ,Dr Suchitra Hramalkar and Padma Shri guru Shovana Narayan Traxl. She has performed in India as well as the USA and also represented the Indian ministry of petroleum and natural gas in Houston .

She has been actively teaching students all over the world through NPDA since the last 14 years and also has hosted and judged my competition around .


Why Neha Pendse Dance Academy ?

We add value to our journey.


Structured learning

Learning pure basic of Kathak with structured and planned courses clubbed with the video and audio materials.

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Stage exposure

NPDA students appear in competitions apart from exams and taught to do own choreographies too.

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Degree / Certificate

Though it's an performing art , the certification is needed to showcase your level of learning and boosting student confidence

Over 150+ students

Hear out what they have to say

"Neha is truly a wonderful teacher. Not only is she teaching a dance form but also motivates and creates an environment where the dancers flourish and develop a passion and devotion for dance. "


Supriya Ranade

Parent of NPDA student

"Neha is very passionate about her art and this passion flows through when she is teaching.She puts more than 100% effort into her students learning process and makes it fun for them to appreciate the art of Kathak. I strongly recommend Neha for helping their child learn kathak."


Priyanka Raut

Parent of NPDA student

"Neha makes the complex toDa very simple. I truly appreciate her attention to details even though it’s an online class.Her encouragement always keeps me on track and helps me to find the time for the practice."


Leena Deshpande


"Neha aunty is so patient with every student and her passion for the dance form clearly shows in her teaching. She not only connects individually with each student but inspires them and gives them opportunities to grow as a dancer. "


Suhaani shrireddy

Student since 2years

"Explicitly Expressive dancer, amazing human being and compassionate teacher who wants you to teach everything... What else you wanna look in a Teacher. You can find this blend perfectly in Ms.Neha Pendse."


Sarita Kulkarni


"I would recommend anyone who aspires to learn Kathak, to please approach and get trained under Neha, if you wish to learn from a talented artist, with lots of experience. My daughter loves to learn under her and is eager to go to kathak class."


Sweta Dugaya

Parent of NPDA student

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