Arti Shanker, senior disciple of Pandit Rajendra Gangani, moved to Hyderabad from Delhi, and since 2011, has been conducting Kathak classes for the young and art enthusiasts. She says that her primary objective is to teach and perform Kathak with the objective of bringing the beauty and richness of this art form to the students as well as classical dance lovers. Arti, who passed Kathak Diploma conducted by Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, with honours, is also a Kathak Visharad from Rajasthan Sangeet Sansthan and Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
Arti, who founded Nritya Kunj in 2011, says the school is dedicated to preserve and spread the richness of traditions of Kathak (Jaipur Gharana) in Hyderabad. “The academy is nurturing the future talent of the country and currently has more than 50 students. We also conduct online class for students living abroad, in counties like Luxembourg, Ireland and Netherlands. For more than a decade, Arti has been organising inter-school dance competitions and annual day functions along with teaching Kathak in various schools.
The Kathak dancer has participated in major events like Common Wealth Games in 2010, World Performing Art Festival, Pakistan, in 2007, ICCR tour to Germany in 2004, Gulf Pageantry, Dubai, Sharjah, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain. She has also taken part in festivals like Nirtya Utsav, Nirtaynjali, Samanvaya Dance Program, ICCR, Malhaar, Delhi, Taj Mahotsav from 2004 – 2007, Qutub Festival, Sharad Utsav. She has also taken part in SPIC MACAY Workshops.