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), India founded in 1990. AIPA has been successfully established in Noida and Greater Noida and is affiliated to A.B.Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai . It’s also the examination centre for NOIDA and NCR. Alaknanda is an alumini of Kathak Kendra, National School of Kathak dance having completed post diploma in 1992.
Nrityashri Alaknanda has established four major dance festivals of India which are held annually at prestigious venues across the country.
Nrityashri Alaknanda has conceptualised, written and choreographed productions such as –Parichay – Spirit of a Woman, Draupadi, Maharaas, Mahishasur-Mardini Durga, Krishna Leela & many more. Her contributions in the field of art go beyond borders. One of the most important aspects of her career has been imparting training of Kathak, to individuals in other countries and taking students from India keen to learn art other art forms. She realised that much work is needed to spread Kathak further in these countries, considering the love and interest visible in the people towards this art and India in general.
On the occasion of ‘50th Anniversary of India's Independence’ sponsored by ICCR, Nrityashri Alaknanda performed in Maldives. In 2003, again through ICCR, she travelled throughout Eastern & Western Europe giving live performances & conducting workshops under a cultural mission with ICCR. She realised that much work is needed to spread Kathak further in these countries, considering the love and interest visible in the people towards this art and India in general. 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.