Sampada Pillai Kathak dancer Profile
Sampada Pillai
Sampada Pillai Kathak dancer Profile

A graceful Kathak dancer who possesses a sound sense of rhythm, understanding of the complexities of ‘Talas’, has a feeling for music and a creative ability to express herself through the language of movement.

Sampada was initiated into Kathak at 6 yrs of age and is an alumni of Kala Academy, Goa having trained under Guru Smt. Amala Suri Patkar. Having successfully completed the Parangat diploma in Kathak at Kala Academy, Sampada moved to Pune and came under the tutelage of renowned Kathak legend late Pandita Dr. Rohini Bhate at Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy.

Sampada brings forth a repertoire in Lucknow-Jaipur gharana of Kathak as established by Guru Rohini ji.

Sampada has many solo and group performances to her credits such as performances in the dance festivals at Somnathpur and Halebid-Belur in Karnataka, Nakshatra Utsav, Goa, Nimhan dance festival, Madhya Pradesh to name a few. She has been the lead artiste for all productions of Kala Academy Goa such Kathak Panorama, Krishna Leela, Bharat Darshan and various Kathak choreographies. She has worked in association

with German artistes and the fusion choreography titled Music from Air and Water received much acclaim in Goa. In Pune, she has performed through the Nrityabharati group performances. Sampada has co-choreographed a short film- Radha Bhakti Sudha in 2007 which received the Jury’s Special Mention Award at the New York Short Film Festival in 2008. In Bangalore, Sampada has performed for two consecutive years in the prestigious World Dance Day curated by Prof. Ashish Mohan Khokar.

In 2012 Sampada settled in Bangalore and established ‘RIDDHAM – Kathak School’ where she aims to create an awareness on this dance form and train her disciples to the best of her ability. Riddham is located in Yelahanka New Town.


• Parangat in Kathak, Kala Academy – Goa, Second Class, 2000

• Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Painting, Goa University, First Class, 1996

• Kushal in Kathak, Kala Academy - Goa, First Class, 1991

Experience in Teaching and Workshops

• Currently training 45 disciples at Riddham Kathak School est. in 2012

• Kathak Teacher at International Center of Performing Arts (ICPA), Bangalore, 2013 to 2014

• Conducted a Kathak Workshop at International Center of Performing Arts (ICPA), Bangalore, 2013

• Dance, Drama and Visual Art teacher for the PYP program at Indus International School, Pune, 2008 - 2009

• Conducted Kathak and Folk dance workshops for Japanese students at Indo-Japanese Youth Seminar, Pune 2006

• Lecturer in Kathak at Rai University, Pune, 2003 – 2005

• Kathak teacher at St. Mira’s English Medium School, Pune, 2001 - 2003

• Assisted Guru Smt. Amala Suri Patkar in a Kathak and Folk Dance workshop in Mollem, Goa 1999

• Trained under Guru Pandita Dr. Rohini Bhate. 2003 – 2008

• Currently under Guru Smt. Sharadini’s Gole’s guidance by visiting her in Pune.

• Trained under Guru Smt. Sharadini Gole. 2007 – 2012

• Trained under Guru Smt Neelima Adhye. 2003 - 2007

• Trained under Guru Smt Amala Suri Patkar at Kala Academy, Goa. 1982 -2001

• Solo’s at World Dance Day curated by Prof. Ashish Mohan Khokar at Alliance Francaise, Bangalore. April 2015 and 2016

• Solo performances at various cultural events in Yelahanka New Town. Sep – Nov 2013

• Established RIDDHAM – Kathak School in Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore 2012

• Solo Kathak performance – ‘Tribute to Dr. Rohini Bhate’ at Goa State Auditorium Museum, Goa. 2009

• Choreographed and performed in the short film Radha Bhakti Sudha shot in FTII, Pune 2007

• Group Kathak performance at Japanese Taiko Drum show, Shaniwarwada, Pune 2007

• Group Kathak performance at Japanese Taiko Drum show, Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, Pune 2007

• Solo at the Indo-Japanese Youth Seminar at Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, Pune 2006

• Group Kathak Performance in ‘Parvani’at SM Joshi Sabhagriha, Pune 2005

• Group Kathak performance in production – Rachana at Tilak Sarak Mandir and Bharata Natya Mandir, Pune 2004 & 2005

• Group Kathak performance at the ‘Nimhan Dance Festival’, Maheshwar, MP 2004

• Kathak & Fusion dance performance with German Artistes – ‘Music from Air and Water’ at International Center, Goa 2001

• Solo performance for Goa Doordarshan, 2001

• Solo performance at PORSEC 2000, organized by NIO, at Kala Academy, Goa 2000

• Lead dancer in Kathak Ballet – ‘Krishna Leela’, a Kala Academy Production at Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Goa

• Solo Performance at ‘Nakshatra Utsav’, Goa 1999

• Duet performance at ‘Goa Vision 2000’, in Goa 1999

• Performed in Gomant Darshan, a Kala Academy production, in Goa, Mumbai and Pune 1992-1993

• Performed in ‘Kathak Panorama’, a Kala Academy production at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Goa 1991

• Solo Kathak performance at the Classical Dance festival in Halebid, Karnataka 1989

• Solo Kathak performance at the Classical Dance festival in Somnathpur, Karnataka 1987

• Performed in Bharat Darshan a ballet on the diversity in India at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Goa 1986

• Jury’s Special Mention Award for the short film ‘Radha Bhakti Sudha’ at the New York Short Film Festival. 2008

• Invited as a Judge at the Classical and Folk Dance competition at the Aurangabad Festival, Maharashtra 2004

Contact Details and Biodata
Nagarjuna Aster Park
Near Mother Dairy
Yelahanka New Town
Bangalore – 560 065
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