Radhika has been pursuing dance and music since the age of 7. She started her formal training in Bharatanatyam under Dr. Sneha Chakradhar and is currently a disciple of Guru (Padmashri & SNA Awardee) Geeta Chandran under whom she presented her Arangetram in 2012 at Natya Vriksha. She was initiated into music by Ms. Mili Maitra and is currently a disciple of Dr. Soma Singh under whom she hones her skills in the Gwalior Gharani Gayaki in the Hindustani Music Tradition.
Radhika Kathal is a Founder/Director of KALADHWANI, which is aimed at promoting classical dance and music among the masses and making the arts accessible to all. She imparts training in both Bharatanatyam and Hindustani Music.
Both an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and a musician, she is a graded artist by Doordarshan and a recipient of the Junior Diploma from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in both Bharatanatyam and Hindustani Vocal Music. In 2013, Radhika was awarded the prestigious national scholarship, “Scholarship to Young Artists” for Bharatanatyam from The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. She has been a recipient of titles such as “Nritya Vilasini” “Rajat Jayanti Samman” “Nrityanand Lahiri” to name a few.
Across the years, Radhika has performed to diverse audiences across India and abroad-both, as a soloist and as a senior dancer in-group choreographies as part of Natya Vriksha Dance Company. Some of the acclaimed group choreographies she has been part of are: Swara Raaga Sudha, Sivam, Seasons (Bharatantyam performd on Western Classical Music of Tchaikovsky), Pankh, Sankriti, Ganga to Kaveri and Anekanta.
Radhika has been a part of multi-city tours in abroad – 60 years of Indian Republic (a six-city tour in the United Kingdom) organized by ICCR, India in Chile (celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence) organized by Festival of India, Govt. of India and International Festival of Music and Dance organized by ICCR. In January 2015, she had the privilege of performing for Former US President Barack Obama and US Delegations in a cultural evening hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on the eve of Republic Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, organized by SEHER. In February 2016, she represented India at the International Music and Dance Festival in Thailand and also performed for the Prime Minister of Thailand, Hon’ble Prayut Chan-o-Cha, organized by ICCR.
As a young dancer, Radhika has performed at some of the major festivals in India such as Ranakpur Mahotsav, Rasadhara Festival, Ananya Dance Festival, Taj Mahotsav, Kalidas Samaroh, Uday Shanakar Festival of Choreographies, Swathi Thirunal Festival, Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, International Film Festival, National Festival of Creative Arts, Ganga Mahotsav, Braj Mahotsav, Ajmer Literary Festival and Kumbalgarh Classical Dance Festival as well as in abroad such as International Music and Dance Festival, Thailand.
Besides Dance and Music, she is also trained in the art of Nattuvangam and supports dancers across India on Nattuvangam and vocals. She has been part of Spic Macay Lec-Dems and Workshop Demonstrations, across India (Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Chittorgarh, Gujrat, Orissa, and New Delhi to name a few). A regular guest faculty at Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, Chinmaya Mission and Maitryee Preksha Sewa Mission, she conducts music and dance workshops for kids as well as adults.
In continuation with her strong passion for Dance and Music, she has extensively worked in the field of Arts Education where she has assisted Smt. Geeta Chandran in recording of 32 modules for the Master’s paper on NRITTA CHOREOGRAPHY for the UGC-MHRD PG Pathshala project for MS University, Baroda. Her most challenging project was, as an arts consultant, in building a dance curriculum and teacher training module for blind students in collaboration with UNESCO, National Association for Blind and Saksham NGO.
Apart from teaching and engaging with students at Kaladhwani, she is also the Primary Arts Anchor at Shiv Nadar School, Noida where she integrates Arts into the formal education curriculum.
As a choreographer, Radhika was invited to choreograph commissioned dance-drama productions such as Female Feticide, Surya 108 (a dance-drama on Lord Surya commissioned by Chinmaya Mission), Caligula and What the Luck Yaar.
Her stage presence and charm to engage the audience has given her various platforms in Music as well. She was invited to perform at music festivals organized by Sangeet Smriti, Global Cultural Foundation, IIT DELHI, Musicons Promateurs and PANIAVISION. She has also recorded playback scores for TV serials on Doordarshan and sung jingles on the radio for the Ladli Yojana Campaign.
Even though Radhika does not belong to a traditional arts family, she showed her sustained passion and commitment to make a name for herself in the Arts Community. Her innate sense of rhythm, music and movement and a curious mind to create new work for the generations is what makes her one of the most sought after teachers and a performer in today’s times.
- “The melody of the murali remembers Dr. M. Balamurlikrishna”
The next tillana was in raag Vrindavani. Radhika Kathal, who is a disciple of Guru Geeta Chandran, performed it. Radhika is a dancer whose nritta is very powerful. Her neck and eye movements and her balancing stances were rendered with a lot of grace, the squatting stances and footwork were performed at a fast pace and her abhinaya too had a lot of grace. “It is a very lyrical tillana and all the movements have a lot of musicality about them,” said Radhika.Kala UpasanaShveta AroraFebruary 24, 2017
- “Young dancer skilfully performs old Padams”
On a pleasant November evening last year, Radhika Kathal gave a Bharatanatyam recital in Delhi. Radhika is a young dancer, a senior disciple of Guru Geeta Chandran and one of the senior dancers of her Natya Vriksha Dance Company. Radhika, through nritya, depicted the attributes of the goddess Matangi, her kind look (kataksh) as Kalyani, lotus-eyed, the musical instruments she rejoices in and her companion, the parrot. Radhika’s dancing had pace and her movements covered the stage. There were squats, stretches, and one-legged stances as well. Radhika executed the varnam in Raag Behag with very powerful dancing as her nritta has a lot of pace and energy. The nritya portion was also rendered well. Radhika performed three different padams that day. She ended the performance with Natanam Adinar. It was a dynamic presentation by Radhika as she emerged as a very promising dancer.Kala UpasanaShveta AroraJanuary 13, 2017
- “Footloose and Fancy Free” on Debadhara Guru Shishya Sanman Festival
“…The finale by Geeta Chandran and her Natya Vriksha dancers was Vanajaksha varnam in Bihag raga. Geeta performed Krishna and Radhika, Amrita and Madhura performed the roles of gopis. I had seen the varnam in a solo format at Shimla Dance Festival and enjoyed it immensely. Geeta using her choreographic skills embellished the varnam with suggestive sancharis. The incomparable beauty of Krishna, his lotus like eyes described by gopis one after another from different angles, Geeta as Krishna standing in one corner of the stage, Vrindavan was created in a trice. The alternating nritta passages were dazzling. Indra gets upset when he sees the cowherds and gopis praying to Krishna, so he sends heavy rains, but Krishna lifting the mount Govardhana saves them. The sanchari of Kaliyadaman, with a game of ball, its falling into the river Yamuna and Krishna's plunging into water and subjugating Kaliya was enacted dramatically. When Vishnu in incarnation of a dwarf, Vaman, asked Bali raja where to put the third step, and he bowed his head, Vishnu placing his foot on his head pushed him to patala below the earth. This episode found a graphic description in dance vocabulary. Describing Krishna's charms as Venudhara, Gopis playing Rasalila with him, the festive joyous mood, led all to be with Krishna. The poet's other similes for Krishna's gait similar to an elephant, his crown adorned with peacock feather, addresses him as Koti sundara, surpassing even beauty of millions of Kamadeva. Sung in melodious raga the varnam stood out for its complexity, performed by the dancers with commendable command over the technique. Their joyous dancing and excellent expressions were a treat…”Narthaki.comDr. Sunil KothariJanuary 13, 2017
- “An Honoured Tradition” on Debadhara Guru Shishya Sanman Festival
“…Guru Geeta Chandran and disciples Amritha Sruthi, Radhika and Madhura took the festival to its climax with their breath-taking Bharatanatyam Varnam “Vanajaksha…” soulfully sung in raga Bihag by Sudha Raghuraman to match the myriad hues of the captivating choreography…”the StatesmanSmt. Manjari Sinha24 May 2018
- “Debadhara’s guru shishya format a unique blend of art”
“…One wonders how many more versions of the excellent Behag Varnam “Vanajaksha nine nammiti” Bharatanatyam dancer and Guru Geeta Chandran can pull off… This time, the choreography for a group presentation was composed with great skill, the entries, exits and, the excellently rendered jati interludes and the sahitya part taking on varying dramatic situations, the formations constantly changing with a single dancer or two or three or the entire group. The presentation led by Geeta Chandran had well trained students of Natya Vriksha- Amritha Sruthi Radhakrishnan, Radhika Kathal and Madhura Bhrushundi. Notwithstanding the late hour not a person in the audience left the auditorium says a lot for the performance…”the Asian AgeSmt. Leela Venkatraman22 May 2018
- “Footloose and Fancy Free” on Nritya Parv Festival
…Geeta Chandran's three disciples from Delhi presented three Bharatanatyam numbers, choreographed by Geeta under the dance title Swara Raga Sudha. Amrithasruthi Radhakrishnan, Radhika Kathal and Madhura Bhrushundi are well trained young dancers with more than ten years of experience and exposure having performed solo as well as in group along with Geeta Chandran. This heightened understanding of Geeta is further complimented by three dancers giving thought concept which is 'abstract', a 'concrete' shape, the way three of them hold their arms and palms, standing rock steady on one leg, other bending backwards in vrischika karana, a scorpio bend. Their horizontal arm movements, creating various geometrical patterns are a visual treat, along with mnemonic syllables, jathis and enchanting music. These explorations set apart Geeta's choreographic vision that transforms in her disciples' dancing. Tillana was like a flash of lightning. The three dancers performed it with uniform movements, symmetrical and scintillating. There was that joyous abandon in periya adavus, covering the stage. No wonder they received standing ovation from the audience who sat through, though it was rather late when the program concluded…Narthaki.comDr. Sunil Kothari24 February 2018
- “Tradition of Dance” on Nritya Parv Festival
“…Nritya Parv 2018 concluded with the brilliant Bharatanatyam presentation “Swara Raga Sudha”, by Natya Vriksha Dance Company of Guru Geeta Chandran, who had very thoughtfully conceived, imaginatively choreographed and melodiously composed the music, lending her own well-groomed voice at times. The chiselled dancers Amrithasruthi, Radhika and Madhura did their Guru proud…”the StatesmanManjari Sinha22 February 2018
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