Pandit Satya Narayana Charka
Pandit Satya Narayana Charka is a distinguished Kathak dance performer, choreographer, and teacher of international acclaim. He is the Director of the East-West School of Dance. He studied under Pt. R.K. Shukla, Smt. Maya Rao, Pt. Shambhu Maharaj, and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Pt. Charka is recognized as one of the foremost exponents of Indian classical dance. He has won many prestigious awards, including first place in the All-India Dance Competition.
Over the last 35 years, he has presented numerous ballets and dance dramas, and traditional Indian dance recitals, bringing myth to life for today's audiences both domestically and internationally. Some ballets include the epic Ramayana, the romantic Shakuntala, the playful Krishna Leela, to name a few. He also served as a cultural representative appointed by the Government of India in Japan, Australia, and the Fiji Islands. In addition, he was selected as the premier artist in major festivals at the Sydney Opera House for four consecutive years. He is a very caring guru and is untiring in his efforts to spread the beauty of Kathak dance.