Anjana GuptaFounder & Director
Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery - Martha Graham
Anjana Gupta, the Founder Director of SpACE is experiencing this, from the time she started learning Kathak over 15 years ago. Her journey of self-discovery did not stop here - her passion in dance saw her pursuing a degree in choreography. Here she learnt what Curt Sachs meant when he said – “Dance is the mother of all arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But dance lives at once both in time and space”. This inspiration drives her every action.
Anjana Gupta, a post graduate in Commerce, finds her calling in Kathak. She considers herself blessed to be initiated under the tutelage of Guru Chitra Venugopal. While pursuing her senior diploma in Kathak at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, she performed at the yearly Bhavanotsav festivals.
She has also choreographed ballets under the guidance of Guru Maya Rao. Her choreographic works include Ganga Avartan, Aajeejaan, Haasya Chudamani and The Calling of Mother Earth.
She is a Vidwat, certified by the Karnataka State Education Board. She is an auditioned artist at Doordarshan and has also performed for ICCR & the Department of Kannada and Culture.
Shruthi GuptaPrincipal Dancer & Faculty
One part dancer, one part choreographer, Shruthi’s tryst with Kathak began at the tender age of six with Guru Chitra Venugopal. Over the course of many years, Kathak classes went from only on weekends to three days a week, to all day every day at Natya Institute where she completed her Bachelors in Kathak and Choreography under the tutelage of Dr. Maya Rao.
As one of our principal dancers and faculty, she thrills in choreographing little pieces for our learners. Exposed to innumerable workshops and stage performances, Shruthi strives to combine different teaching methodologies with stage-presentation skills in order to achieve a greater level of perfection.
Shruthi believes that Kathak is another communication language of the soul. Formally holding a Master Degree in Kathak, Shruthi says, “A classical dance form is demanding, but for all the right reasons. You learn not only the art itself but also morals, values, discipline, and more - which in my opinion is the greater learning.”
Yuthika SubramanyanPrincipal Dancer & Faculty
An engineer turned dancer who found all the joys of life in Kathak.
She started Kathak when she was 20. She believes that age is not a parameter when it comes to learning dance. "It's all about your dedication and love for the art form", she says.
Her aim as a budding tutor is to help as many people as possible to show how Kathak can transform the mind and elevate the soul. She has performed at various festivals and made a mark at each one.
At SpACE we strongly believe that classes accompanied with a Tabla enhances learning, along with the necessary appreciation of Taal.
Harsha was initiated in to music at a very young age, learning tabla from his uncle. He underwent training from Guru Siddaraju. At present he is under tutelage of Pt. Kiran Godkhindi and Pt.Pravin Godkhindi and accompanies his Guruji Kiran Godkhindi at various concerts. Harsha teaches tabla at various institutes.