Alaknanda, born in a family where education is blended with music, has the inborn talent of music and rhythm. Her advance training is imparted by Guru Munna Lal Shukla who has infused in her the poetic essence of the dance form. She has also been awarded the National Scholarship by the MINISTRY OF CULTURE. She is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (lCCR).
She is the Founder, Director and Guru of Kathak at Alaknanda Institute of Performing Arts (AIPA). Founded in 1990. AIPA has been successfully established in Noida and Greater Noida. Aipa is affiliated to A.B.Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai . Its also the examination centre for NOIDA and NCR.
Alaknanda is an alumini of Kathak Kendra, National School of Kathak dance having completed POST DIPLOMA at 1992. She has completed Graduation (Visharad) with First Divison from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai. Awarded NRITYA VAIBHAV by Akhil Bharatiya Sanskutik Sangh, Pune on 21st May, 2006.She has successfully completed her Diploma in Kathak with Gold Medal from Bangiya Sangeet Kalakendra, Kolkata and awarded the Title "NRITYA SHREE" in 2010.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Kathak solo recitals in India International Centre, Sarrachandrika - Kathak Festival, New Delhi, Kala Chhaya - Pune, Impressario India Dance Festival- New Delhi, Kathak Mahotsava - New Delhi, Surya Festival- Trivandram, Yuva Mahotsava - New Delhi. Performance in Godrej Dance Academy, Mumbai organised by National Centre For Performing Arts won her a standing ovation from the audience.
FEMINA - WOMEN IN NEWS 1st March 1998 has featured Alaknanda for her talents and for working against the barriers of age. In 2007 Alaknanda has mesmerized the audience in South India in Hyderabad at Shilparamam .Performance Mamallapuram International Dance Festival (2008) in Trivandrum.
Dasavtar and Durga Stuti were appreciated at the Purva Sanskrutik Kendra on 8th April 2009.Dasavtar at Epicentre –Gurgaon on 17th July 2009.
Alaknanda and her troupe "Sanskriti" presented DURGA SHAKTI at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh on 27th September, 2009 on the occasion of Navratra was highly appreciated by the Chief Guest, District Magistrate of Bilaspur. Organized by the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Nrityashree Alaknanda believes in encouraging young dancers to showcase their talent and creating opportunities for them to do so. Her dance troupe, 'sAnskriti' was created in 1996 and the group of professional Kathak dancers have participated in various national and international dance performances.
The troupe comprises students from age group of 9 yrs and above, which is further divided into Junior and Senior dance groups. Sanskriti is a group of professional dancers who have devoted their life to the mission of spreading magic of dance all over the globe, popularising - KATHAK. The senior dancers have an experience of 15 to 20 yrs and have been mesmerising the audience all over the World. Sanskriti entered its youth in the year 1998 with its display of Krishna Leela in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The applause of Krishna Leela was still resonating when the new production of dance drama Durga Shakti –The Supreme Goddess, at Sriram Centre, New Delhi (1999) gave the audience the mesmerizing power of WOMANHOOD.
With its best dancers on stage, the SANSKRITI zoomed to its popularity with its productions Kathak Yatra, Sagar, Uddan, Holi Raas and any more in the following years. Sanskriti is ambitious and is whole heartedly committed to its mission of reaching out to global community of dance lovers. Sanskriti has represented India in South Korea - Jeju Island Festival, 2001 and is also the cultural symbol of India in Cracovia Danza Festival in Poland, in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Read More...
Nrityashri Alaknanda and AIPA proudly celebrated 60 Years of Indo Polish Relations at the Spirit of Dance Festival, 2015 with a Seminar on ‘Indo Polish Cultural Ties and Beyond’, to commemorate this milestone.
Held at Hotel Mosaic, Noida, on 5th April, 2015, the Seminar was addressed by Nrityashri Alaknanda(Founder – Director, AIPA) and Ms. Romana Agnel(Director, Balet Dworski Cracovia Court Danza). The presentations, and the ensuing interaction with the guests, focussed on the rich cultural heritage of the two nations, the existing mutual cooperation, the potential for cultural synergies between them, and the scope of enriching this prized association going forward. Romana Agnel talked about her age-old association with India via her Bharatnatyam training in Chennai and partnership with AIPA saying, “A lot of my friends tell me that I was born in India in my previous life which is why I keep coming back to this beautiful country.” Read More...
Dance is a therapy ... a therapy of healing and feeling . The first mudra of Kathak - Araal is the touch of the thumb and index finger. The first feel to join them is a concentration aspect or factor. The knowledge to joining the dots of our body to make a beautiful design . The tatkaar - thumping of the feet connects and activates the nerves and cells in the paduka. The hand foot coordination is a again a concentration and synchronised assembling of the mind, soul and physical. The mudras itself are Dyaan mudras or gestures which helps us to connected and conscious of our body and mind. The tips of our fingers are the points where the chakras senses. The feel and touch of the it helps us to know our body well. The chakkars (spins) finds the AXiS of our body or the centre of our physical being. From the tip of our heels to the centre of our head (mind) is balanced then the mind - naval - heel are in perfectly aligned.
The abhinaya and rasa are the awakening of the heart, spirit and emotion. The rasa pampers our power to core and express. At times words can't express or do justice to the feeling or emotion that Dance can convey.
Dance helps us to distress our stress and transits us to another world. The ability to release the soul and spirit by the artist and the audience at a performance is experience of Moksha living in this world.