Sakshi Kumar is a creative director & founder of ‘Sanskriti-A School of Indian Performing Arts’ in Sydney ,Australia. She completed her schooling from Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi, India and is a Mathematics graduate from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi . She is a trained Kathak dancer trained under the tutelage of Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj(s/o Pt. Birju Maharaj) from the leading institute of Kathak- Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. She started learning Kathak when she was eight.She is a topper of Kathak Kendra,2012 and a graded artist of Doordarshan .She has also worked worked with Embassy of India, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as a Cultural Ambassador of India to Kyrgyzstan through ICCR. She has performed extensively in India and abroad.Furthermore,she has completed her Arengettam in Kathakali under Guru Sh. Jagadeesan Nair Thiruvattar from The International Centre for Kathakali, New Delhi in 2018.Click on the link below for video.
Sakshi is married to Suresh Kumar-a young and energetic Mayurbhanj Chhau exponent and choreographer who took his training from Guru J.J. Sai Babu . He is also trained in Kathakali from Guru Sh. Jagadeesan Nair Thiruvattar at The International Centre of Kathakali, New Delhi and furthermore he is also trained in contemporary style of dancing. He has performed extensively in India and abroad.
Watch the couple dance to their production ducn 'JUGALBANDI'- an amalgamation of 2 classical dances- Kathak and Chhau. Click on the link below for video.
Sakshi is loved by her students and you can read what the parents and students say in the testimonials section.
During her tenure in Kyrgyzstan, Sakshi taught in various dance schools of Bishkek and had over a 100 students in Kyrgyzstan learning their language- Russian. Sakshi was immensely loved by the Kyrgyz people and she left no stone unturned to make Indian culture reach the hearts of people. Her students performed in various events of Embassy of India and other cultural events of the country. Click on the link below for video.
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RIA SHARMA- 'Sakshi is a wonderful and patient teacher. I had been looking to learn Kathak for a while but never found the right fit until I joined Sakshi 's classes. Learning from a highly accomplished teacher is a dream come true. I look forward to my Kathak journey.
There are classes for all age groups, if you're looking to learn Kathak or Bollywood inspired Kathak look no further. '
CHAITALI SUTAR- 'Sakshi as a person, dancer as well as teacher, she is incredibly wonderful. She is very Patience in explaining and teaching in detail for any type of student in her class. Her achievements in this Art form is really admirable. Her passion to take our cultural in this art form on a foreign land is praiseworthy. Joining Sanskriti along with my lil one is my correct decision and I am very proud to be part of it 😊 Thank you Sakshi!!!!! '
VAISHALI BHANGE- 'Sakshi is an experienced and seasoned Kathak teacher. I thoroughly enjoy her classes as she radiates inspiration and motivation. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn Kathak.'
KAVYA RUDRAPPA- 'Sakshi is an excellent teacher who sparked an interest in Indian classical dance for my three-year-old daughter.'
ARTI SHARMA- 'A teacher par excellence! She can teach everyone from little ones to adults. Kids love her.. if you are looking for a dance teacher or want to learn yourself.. look no further!'
NITHYA YUVARAJ- 'Learning Kathak from Sakshi for the last 1 year. Really enjoy every class and always amazed with her dedication towards this art form. Very blessed to have found her and learning from her.'
LALINI DESILVA- 'Sakshi is very professional in the way she teaches and is very committed. She has a lot of patience to teach students from any age 6years to over 50.
Will recommend this school to anyone who wants learn Kathak dance.'
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