A versatile artiste, Isha is performing, teaching, choreographing, compeering and writing on dance related topics. For the past 20 years She has been under the tutelage of Kathak exponent Pandita guru Maneesha Sathe,a torchbearer of Padmashree Pt Gopi Krishnaji’s style of Kathak.
A Commerce graduate with a Diploma in French, she holds M.A. degree in Kathak. She is a prominent member of Maneesha Nrityalaya’s Performing Unit and has performed in almost all major dance festivals in India. As a soloist she has been performing extensively.
Isha is a founder of Ishalaya,School of Kathak which has successfully completed 10 years recently.
A creative artiste, she has been experimenting with choreographies with other dance forms like Jazz, Modern and folk. She has travelled abroad with Shiamak Davar’s institute for a performance at Commonwealth Games’ closing ceremony in Melbourne and as also worked as in instructor at his Pune centre.
As a prominnet member of Maneesha Nrityalaya's performing unit Isha has performed at major Dance and music festivals like Kala Ghodafestival,Mumbai;Shaniwarwada Dance and Music festival,Pune; Vasantotsav, Delhi; Khajuraho Festival, Lucknow Ka Sansthan Festival, Kamakhya festival, Assam ; Elephanta Festival Mumbai ;World Peace Art Festival, Pune and Bodhgaya.
Kinkini festival, Mumbai
Cuttack Dance festival
Sri sumukhi Rajashekharan foundation's festival, Chennai,
Haridas Sangeet Festival, Mumbai
Performed with troupe at Tolani Maritime Institute.
A series of solo performances in “Celebrate Bandra”, 2009 a community festival in Mumbai at 4 different venues in Bandra.
Performed “Rhythm meets Melody”, a programme based on the Abhinaya aspect of Kathak in a jugalbandi form with noted Hindustani vocapst Dr. Sandhya Kathavate.
Bangiya sanskritik Sansad's Basant Utsav, Pune
76th Greater Pune Sarbijanin Durgotsav 2015,Congress Bhavan, Pune
Girinar Festival, Junagad,
Nritya Sabha by dr. Suchitra Date, Pune
Grade 'A' Artist by Doordarshan
Participated in Study Films for “EMRC” for Kathak.
Participated in Musical Drama for “Sahyadri TV Channel".
Performed at Sahyadri Navratna Puraskar (Doordarshan).
Performed at Sahyadri Hirkani Awards (Doordarshan).
Very recently 3 choreographies were recorded by Doordarshan Prasar Bharati, Delhi for ABU screening of AIDF Festival -2016.
Performs with her troupe at various Corporate events.
Ishalaya's own productions are Kathak Vilas, Rhythm meets melody, Kathak- Tradition to Transition.
Compered in Hindi for Education Films for “FTII” (Pune)
Comperes in English at prestigious Dance concerts.
Performed French Skits for “IATF Congress”.
“Ishalaya”, School of Kathak - A dance school specifically geared towards introducing, building proficiency and developing talent in the ‘Kathak’ form of Indian classical dance.
Founded in August 2005, The Ishalaya school of Kathak has currently 60 students learning and performing at various levels of competency at two branches in Pune - Aundh and Somwar peth. Learning from her experience and rigorous training of over 20 years under known Kathak Guru Pandita Maneesha Sathe, Isha Kathavate envisaged Ishalaya as a school that would impart a rigorous, process driven and technically sound education in Kathak to its disciples, which would prepare them to build a career and take to the stage in order to develop a strong, in depth grounding in Kathak.
All students of Ishalaya get to perform at institute's concert every alternate year.
Ishalaya is immensely proud and pleased to have completed it’s 10th anniversary in 2015. On this occasion, we at Ishalaya presented ‘Kathak Vilas’, a home production conceptualised and choreographed by Isha Kathavate. Apart from Isha’s solo presentation and performances by her disciples, the highlight of the programme was a performance by her honourable Guru Pandita Mrs Maneesha Sathe in the latter half of the concert.
Apart from the institutes concerts, Ishalaya's Performing unit has performed at:
Shri swami samarth foundation, Aundh , Pune
Sanskriti Arts Festival, Thane 2017
Girnar Festival , Junagadh 2016
performed and telecast on Doordarshan Prasar Bharati, Delhi for ABU screening of AIDF Festival -2016
Lots of students have won prizes at prestigous competitions like:
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune
Pt. vishnu digambar Paluskar award, MumbaiDevgiri Kala Manch, Chinchwad
Artitude, Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrutik Sangh, Pune
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