We bring the American Kathak community together by inviting all in: creating a platform for dancers of every style, guru, and lineage. NYKF is not about promoting any one individual or group—it’s about the dance.
Local + global
Kathak first came to the US in the 1950s and 1960s through New Yorkers who travelled to India to learn from masters. Inspired by them, we aspire to create fertile ground for genuine exchange by welcoming global artists and diverse local audiences — inspiring innovative art and expression for all.
Our team is comprised of a cross section of Kathak dancers, scholars, and aficionados from different lineages, styles, and teachers/gurus. The festival is our expression of gratitude for the art that our teachers have passed to us, and their teachers passed to them —against difficult odds, and often without recognition.
NYKF’s success is opening Kathak students, dancers, and new audiences to the magic of the dance. We inspire and encourage their imaginations to learn and share.
We seek to add the voices of a new generation of curators, practitioners + advocates of the art—holding space for Kathak dancers to challenge norms around the limits of their creative expression, and speak the truths of their new contexts.