After learning Bharatnatyam for nearly a decade, my love and curiosity for the dance remains as undiminished as it was when I was starting at 6 — in a huge part thanks to the encouraging guidance of Guru Smt Rashmi Khanna. Her passion for the dance is wildly infectious, and each class is as fun and knowledgeable as it is challenging. She is wonderfully patient while teaching, and believes that to express the dance in the most honest sense we must understand what it is we are trying to say. It is times like these that her devotion for the subject really shines through.
Having followed Kalyani Kala Mandir to all their locations in Delhi, and finally ending up in another country, I continue to learn twice a week over zoom. It is something I wholeheartedly would never want to stop doing, and while I did have the option to continue elsewhere once I had moved abroad, I was absolutely certain that not only would I not receive such expert tutelage anywhere else, I also knew that the love and happiness I felt while dancing was a product of my Guru’s influence.
Bharatnatyam is a rich dance form, and being at KKM has allowed me the opportunity to learn beyond the practicalities of the dance and foray into theory, meaning, music, performance and qualifications. I couldn’t be more grateful for the knowledge and love I’ve been bestowed at this institute, and would implore anybody wanting to venture into the classical arts to take that step here.
Aahana Mohanty, Singapore