Ariaki Dandawate, born and brought up in New Jersey, has been studying Kathak under the discipleship of Guru Pandita Archana Joglekar for over 13 years. Having been exposed to the nuances, beauty, and prestigious lineage of Kathak by her guru from a young age, Aria has spent the past several years seriously pursuing every aspect of the art form. In 2014, Aria received her Visharad (Bachelors) degree from the SAMVED Exam Board, and in August of 2016 she presented her Rang Manch Pradarshan (solo performance).
Her Visharad degree in Kathak has allowed her to study the essence of the Natya Shastra and Abhinaya Darpan – both pillars of the arts – as well as become proficient in complex practical and theoretical applications of both Taal and Bhav Anga. In Kathak, Aria has taken part in many powerful performances presented by Archana Nrityalaya, such as ‘Lay Lalit Lalitya’ and ‘Rhythm of Life.’ She has also participated in various dance competitions held in the Tri-State area, winning first place on several occasions with teams from the academy. In the Tri-State area, Ariaki has performed at many events held by various cultural, religious, and philanthropic organizations.
In July of 2015, Ariaki was a Top 5 Finalist in Zee TV’s Dance India Dance North America competition held in Mumbai, India. In the last year, Ariaki has taken examinership, sitting as examiner for many exams in both Kendall Park, New Jersey and Dallas, Texas under the SAMVED Exam Board. Apart from her rigorous trianing in Kathak, Ariaki is pursuing her academic interests, now entering her third year at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering where she is studying Biomolecular Science with a minor in Computer Science.