About Us

A multi-faceted presence on the cultural and artistic scene of Montreal, Kala Bharati has created a veritable niche for itself in Montreal by contributing significantly to this city's vibrant creativity and dance activities. It was founded and is presided by Mamata Niyogi-Nakra in the belief that Indian Classical Dance and in particular, Bharata Natya, is an ideal vehicle to promote a better understanding of Indian culture and people.

Firmly rooted in the motto "par la danse, rapprochement et ouverture", Kala Bharati, the institution to train Bharata Natya dancers was born in 1981. For many of the dance students who have attained a high level of proficiency, the dance activity is pursued as an artistic endeavour and they are encouraged to strive for excellence.

The dance training at Kala Bharati has gained international recognition through its highly acclaimed presentations of Bharata Natya performances by La Troupe at main theatres in Montreal, other cities in Canada and all over the world, including that on the Indian National TV Doordarsan / Prasar Bharati.

True to its mission to reach out through the art of dance, Kala Bharati has been more than just a dance school. Under its programme Fenêtre sur le monde, a team of dancers have been presenting some aspects of Indian culture through the medium of dance to various groups of interested persons, particularly in the schools of Montreal.

The Resource centre is regularly used by persons from the universities, colleges and schools as well as from different walks of life. Kala Bharati has also made considerable efforts to create and maintain a steady flow of ideas and exchanges by organising and participating at Conferences and Symposiums in Canada and abroad. Visits by scholars as well as publications on dance related subjects have also helped to add a valuable dimension to the Kala Bharati work.

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