Upcoming Events


July 19 –  Annual Guru Purnima Celebration

Time: 6:45 to 8:45 pm

Location: Heron Community Center

The Gharana Arts management committee have organized this year’s Annual Guru Purnima, a traditional festival dedicated to paying respects and expressing gratitude to one’s spiritual and academic teachers. The celebration will include solo and group performances by the Gharana Arts students, along with a special guest performances.


July 23 – Music Aradhana Performance

To perform an act of devoted effort or worship.

Gharana Arts strives to create wholesome artists with a deep appreciation for the culture and traditions of India. The 2016 Music Aradhana supports this objective by imposing a rigorous set of course work and practical training that students must undergo in order to achieve the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts certification. This certification is equivalent to the curriculum of the Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahbad and is supplemented by teachings from senior gurus in the North Indian Hindustani Tradition. As well as being able to present a proper solo, students must also accompany dance, instrumental and vocal traditions and pass a written theory and practical examination. Students must have accomplished at least 6- 8 years of prior training before embarking on this 1 year certification process with Gharana Arts.


August 5 – Festival of India

Kesariya Balam – Performed by Student of Gharana Arts

This item will depict the beautiful landscapes and poetry of Rajastan. 

Kesariya Balam is a very popular folk song of the desert Thar and the earliest known popular version was sung by Padma Shree awardee folk singer Allah Jilai Bai in the Durbar of Maharaja Ganga Singh ji.

In Northern India, only Rajputs used to take part in wars and they would die protecting their land and honour. Kesariya, saffron color represents sacrifice, bravery and purity. That is why they mostly wear Kesariya Safa(Turban) and specifically on Ceremonial occasions. It represents Rajput Love, sacrifice, desert, culture and folklores of Rajputana.


August 6 – Festival of India

Kathak Solo – Performed by Smt. Kasturi Mishra

It has been said that dance is the physical expression of music and song. As dance is rhythm, there exists a special relationship between dancer and the other musicians. This performance showcases this interplay that exists between the dancer and the musicians, particularly the Tabla player.

Traditionally, Kathak is always performed with live music, which shows the importance of understanding and having the knowledge of Taal sense and as well as having the ability of performing in co-ordination and harmony with the musicians. 

This performance will feature traditional Kathak compositions, poetry, and storytelling and is unrehearsed and improvised.

Smt. Kasturi Mishra the Artistic Director of Gharana Arts, was born into a family of renowned Indian classical artists, Kasturi Mishra, has emerged as one of India’s most enthralling and expressive Kathak dancers in her generation. Kasturi began her training under the guidance of her father Pt. Bachan Lal Mishra, himself a distinguished Kathak artist and a learned dance guru of India. At the tender age of 3, Kasturi made her stage debut in the role of Krishna, and at age 6 she performed her first solo in Kolkata, West Bengal.

 Trained in both major schools of Kathak, Kasturi skilfully exemplifies the elegant and soft components of the Lucknow school as well as the vibrant and commanding rhythms of the Jaipur school. Kasturi has performed at numerous festivals across India and in 2000 she achieved the degree of Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. She has also been awarded Kathak dance prizes at the national level, including awards from Rabindra Bharati University and Bangiyo Sanskriti Parishad.

 Throughout her dance career Kasturi has especially been influenced and inspired by her Guru and Uncle, Pt. Chitresh Das, a master and virtuosic performer of classical Kathak dance. Kasturi began her training with Pt. Das in 2000 and was profoundly motivated to deepen her own knowledge of this art, and to defend the integrity of the traditional aspects of this unique dance form.

An experienced and dedicated educator, Kasturi began teaching at Ram Narayan Sangeet Kala Kendra, in 2000 and in 2004 at Pt. Das’s school, Chhandam Nritya Bharati, in Kolkata.

 In 2004, Kasturi was invited by the Government of France to perform, educate and hold workshops on Indian classical dance and culture in a month long Festival celebrating 150th year of Indians in the Island of Guadeloupe, and in 2006, performed solo at “Kathak at the Crossroads”, the largest Indian classical performing arts festival in U.S. history, hosted in San Francisco, California. Inspired by Kasturi’s training background, German Film-maker, Dirk Hilbert produced a short documentary on the life of a Kathak dancer entitled “Krishna’s Dancer.” This film won the jury award for the “best documentary” at Dance Screen (2007), Amsterdam and was the “official selection” at WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2008, Seville.

 Since moving to Canada in 2007, Kasturi has performed solo concerts to sold out audiences in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. At her debut performance in Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen wrote

                              “The highlight of the evening was Kathak dancer Kasturi Mishra.

                                She is quick and graceful as a bird. Her lovely, expressive face and

                               flashing eyes draw you in; you don’t need to be Indian to understand

                               the story she is telling.”

                                                                                                                                               –Ottawa Citizen


August 7 – Festival of India

Mohe Rang Do Laal – Performed by Student of Gharana Arts

Mohe Rang Do Laal is a semi-classical song from the movie Bajirao mastani sung by Shreya Ghoshal, along with Birju Maharaj giving his voice for the ‘taal’.

This song is based on the tales of Lord Krishna. It is referring to the life of Krishna when he was growing up and in his adolescent age. Krishna loved to go to the river bank where other women would come and do their daily jobs. He was the loved one among them all. In this song, the singer is referring to herself as Radha and is singing about how much love and affection she has for her beloved whom she compares to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is known by various names such as ‘Shyam’ because he had dusky-complexion & ‘Nandlal’ because he was raised by ‘Nanda’ who was a cow-herder, ‘Hari’ because he takes away all that is inauspicious.

Tabla Performances – Performed by the students of Gharana Arts

There is unique intricacy and rhythmic sophistication in Indian music. There are talas ranging from a 3 beat cycle to 108 beats within a cycle!

As some of you may know, there is a unique intricacy and rhythmic sophistication in Indian music. There are rhythm cycles ranging from a 3 beat cycle to 108 beats within a cycle.

These students will be playing in the 16 beat rhythmic cycle of Teentaal and will present to you the traditional Tabla compositions of Kaida, Tukhra, and Rela.


Visit the website of Festival of India for more information:


August 21 – Kathak Mahaotsav

Kathak Solo – Performed by Smt. Kasturi Mishra

Kathak Mahaotsav is an annual Gathering of Kathak Dancers in Celebration of the Beauty of Kathak.

This year Smt. Kasturi Mishra, along with other Kathak Arists have been given the honour of performing at this event.

Dates: August 19- August 21

Location: Fairview Library Theatre
35 Fairview Mall Drive Toronto, ON
(Don Mills Rd. and Sheppard Ave)


Kathak Mahoatsav 2016




Registration Information

Fall Term 


Sunday Classes           Nepean Creative Arts Centre                         STUDIO #2

35 Stafford Road, Ottawa ~ 613-824-5712

Monday Classes         Mooney’s Bay Studio

706 Mooney’s Bay Place ~ 613-824-5712.



Saturday Classes        Mooney’s Bay Studio

706 Mooney’s Bay Place ~ 613-864-5006.


Winter Schedule

2017 Kathak Class Schedule

Sunday         Kathak          Group 1            12:00pm                        Nepean Studio    

                        Kathak          Group 2            1:00pm                         Nepean Studio                  

                        Kathak          Group 3             2:00pm                        Nepean Studio     

                        Kathak          Group  4            3:00pm                        Nepean Studio      




Monday       Kathak          Group 2            6:00pm                        Mooney’s Bay Place  

                        Kathak          Intensive          7:00pm – 9pm             Mooney’s Bay Place



*For Students taking Private Classes, please contact Gharana Arts to confirm your schedule for this term.

2016 Tabla Class Schedule

Saturday     Tabla             Group 5            9:00am                       

                        Tabla             Group 4            10:00am                      

                        Tabla             Group 4            10:00am                                                                  

                        Tabla             Group 3            11:00am                      

                        Tabla             Group 2            2:00pm                        

                        Tabla             Aradhana        3:00pm – 5:00pm        


*For Students taking Private Classes and Aradhana Classes, please contact Gharana Arts to confirm your schedule for this term.