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Apekshya Panda [Schedule]

Apekshya Panda is a professional Kathak dancer with 17 years of experience learning, performing and teaching. She began her training at the Bhatkhande Institute in Lucknow at the age of three and has since continued learning under Guru Rita Mustaphi, a prime disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji. Apekshya has additionally had the opportunity to study with Pandit Birju Maharaj ji and Saswati Sen during summer workshops. As the youngest company member at Katha Dance Theater, she has been a part of large-scale dance dramas like The Ramayana, Black Candle, Beauty and the Beast, Soul to Sole, and Karna: The Abandoned Hero in collaboration with nationally and internationally known jazz, gospel and flamenco artists like Robert Robinson, Joko Sutrisno, and JD Steele. In 2012, Apekshya and her fellow members of the KDT Company performed the opening piece for the Concert of the Legends with Pandit Birju Maharaj ji and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Apekshya has received media coverage by Kare11 news and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and has appeared on the Geetmala television program on a few occasions. As a part of the KDT Company, she received a prestigious MN Arts Board grant. She has been a teacher at Katha Dance Theater in Minneapolis, with experience teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students. In addition to her Kathak training, Apekshya has had the unique opportunity to learn Odissi with the Late Guru Gandadhar Pradhan.