About Rachna Ramya Agrawal

Performer, choreographer, educator, and published author Rachna Ramya Agrawal is a member of the International Dance Council CID, the recipient of the “2020/2021 Distinguished Achievement in Dance Award, awarded by the Connecticut Dance Alliance and “The Vision Award, 2021” awarded by Charter Oak Cultural Center, CT. She has studied the Lucknow style of Kathak under Smt. Maya Rao and the Jaipur style of Kathak under Guru Rajendra Gangani, both recipients of the Sangeet Natak Academy award. She has undergone further training in Kathak’s expressive and interpretative aspects with Smt. Sandhya Desai, a Kathak virtuoso.

Rachna received a Master’s degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. She also trained in choreography at the Natya Institute of Choreography in New Delhi, India. In addition to her degrees in dance, Rachna holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master’s degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University, and a Senior diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Rachna also has studied Tabla with Guru Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.

Kathak : The Dance Of Storytellers

Kathak: the dance of storytellers explores the philosophical and practical aspects of Kathak dance—its origin, development and techniques. Investigating this compelling dance style from cultural and historical perspectives, the book delves into the essential principles of Kathak, its schools and major artists, the format of Kathak performance, repertoire, Kathak music, predominant trends in training and the system of practice through the lens of theory and application. A rare resource, the text is a comprehensive read for dancers, teachers and Kathak lovers. 


Weekly Spotlight, Chicago
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"Rachna mesmerized the audience with her twinkling footwork and graceful style. Although the seating provided sightlines, the audience was compelled to stand and move positions to be able to see her performance even more clearly, such was the beauty of her dancing."
The Resident, Connecticut
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"Rachna Ramya Agrawal is utterly entrancing as she colorfully dances and swirls barefoot in front of us, complete with intricate hand gestures and jingling of tiny bells encircling her ankles."
The Statesman, Delhi
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"When the Tarana was performed by Rachna Ramya, the audience was swept off its feet."
Indian Express, Delhi
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"Rachna's dancing to the verses of Khusro and the renderings of poems were beautifully captured."
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