Sampada has many solo and group performances to her credits, the most recent being a solo at World Dance Day 2015. She has also performed 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 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 means ‘enriched’ and brings forth to you Kathak in the Lucknow-Jaipur gharana with a graceful, exquisite, beautiful and aesthetically rich repertoire of Late Guru Pandita Dr. Rohini Bhate. With Guru Rohini ji’s blessing, Ms. Sampada aims at sharing this enrichment with her disciples and audiences.
“Kathak has enriched my life in ways that I cannot imagine! It has given me the strength to go on when there was no hope, helping me cope and overcome adversities and guiding me towards contentment and serenity. I wish to share this ‘enrichment’ by not just creating good dancers but helping them find inner peace and happiness.” – Sampada Pillai
ADMISSIONS IN PROGRESS FOR BEGINNERS BATCH- EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Riddham founded by Ms. Sampada Pillai, is one of the few Kathak schools in Bengaluru offering training in Kathak through a beautiful synthesis of the Guru-Shishya parampara and academic education. At Riddham a disciple experiences a healthy Guru-Shishya relationship which enables learning in a methodological manner without it being stressful.
In addition to learning Kathak students are also introduced to theory, in house workshops on other forms of performing arts, fine art, films on famous personalities in Indian Classical Dance through videos and discussion. Riddham also has a dedicated team of musicians who offer live musical accompaniment to the students once a week at the class.
Riddham encourages students to participate in cultural events and dance competitions. Recently Riddhams students & Guru Smt Sampada Pillai performed in the prestigious World Dance Day org by Alliance Francaise and Shri Ashish Khokar. Every disciple is given an opportunity to perform at least once a year through Riddham’s annual day. Disciples are also encouraged to participate in other events such as Durga Pooja and Ganesh Utsavs.
Students are also trained for the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal Kathak Exam. Seven students appeared for the Praveshika Pratham exam 2014-15 and all of them secured Distinction with three of them topping Bangalore.
Riddham is located in Yelahanka New Town and currently has 53 disciples divided in various batches.
Regular Kathak Batches at Riddham:
Prarambhik I (Beginners Batch) : Tuesday & Thursday (5.30pm-6.30pm) (ADMISSIONS IN PROGRESS)Praveshika Pratham: Wednesday & Friday (6.00pm to 7.00pm)Praveshika Poorna & Madhyama 1: Wednesday & Friday (5.00pm-6.00pm)
Dance - A way of teaching life
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"The character of a child is molded by its teachers." The first teachers frame the character of a child and at Riddham Kathak School that is exactly what happens. A beautiful and fun atmosphere where there is a healthy teacher-student relationship. Dance is a form of expression and that is what Smt....More
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