KATHAK DANCE has developed into a spectacular dance form, charged with lightning movements, emphasizing pirouettes (CHAKKARS) and footwork, while keeping its expressive quality. The form of KATHAK performance depends on the dancer, who works in close collaboration with the TABLA player and the singer. The approach to KATHAK DANCE style, which has been considered inimitable and unchangeable, leads to some fresh insight into the cultural history and milieu of India.
Hailing from the cultural city of Varanasi (Banaras) Mrs. Khanna Sidana began her journey as a student of Kathak at the tender age of 7. As an exponent of Kathak at a very young age she performed on stage as one of the youngest known stage artists of her time. Her mother once revealed that in her deep sleep PADMA'S feet used to tap and keep moving in dance rhythm. She learnt Advanced KATHAK DANCE from Padmashri Gopi Krishna, whose talent of KATHAK is acclaimed and appreciated like Pundit Ravi Shankar's in Sitar.
Padmaji’s arrival to Mumbai (Bombay) she was welcomed with open arms by Indian Movie Industry (Bollywood). For more than one decade, she was known as "Dancing Queen Of Indian Cinema". She acted in more than 400 movies in all languages of India. Few to mention are "'Saaz Aur Awaaz, Biwi Aur Makaan, Johnny Mera Naam, Raahgeer, Baharon Ke Sapne, Anhonee, Dastan, Rampur Ka Lakshman, Saudagar, Maaie, Hamaar-Bhauji' and many more. One of her most popular TV series is 'RAMAYAN", in which she played the pivotal, outstanding and memorable role of "Kaikeyi". It is a matter of great pleasure for us today to have a versatile and veteran artist like Padmaji among us.
Kathak classical style may get transformed into something new, something modern and add a new chapter in the cultural history of the World. That is why, it seems, the Almighty destined MS. PADMA KHANNA to migrate from India to United State of America.
As the founder and principal of Indianica Academy, Ms. Khanna continues her pursuit of reaching out to the youth and members of the Indian community in the United States and beyond. Every year since its inception Indianica Academy presents their annual cultural show titled Chamakte Sitaaray (Shining Stars) where the students showcase their knowledge of Kathak and folk dances of India. Her history making endeavors have been fruitful and reaped benefits for everyone involved.