At the Leela Institute of Kathak, we work to elevate and advance India’s rich artistic and cultural heritage in the United States, India and beyond. Our integrated approach aims to have a field-wide impact and includes three main components:
- Our national and internationally performing dance company, the Leela Dance Collective, establishes Indian classical dance and music on the world stage by supporting the creation and performance of cutting edge works of kathak dance.
- Our educational institute, the Leela Academy of Kathak along with its affiliate schools around the world, provides world-class education and pre-professional training in Kathak dance and Hindustani classical music to dedicated and talented children and youth, and
- The Leela Foundation provides the financial infrastructure that is critical for the viability and sustainability of artistic traditions such as kathak dance and hindustani classical music.
At the heart of Leela’s work are a set of values and guiding principles that inform the organization’s programmatic strategies as well as operating practices:
- Advance the universal value of kathak
- Place artists at the center of our work
- Elevate the standard of the art
- Ground our work in the practice of collective creativity
- Innovate while remaining grounded in tradition
- Transform the field of kathak and beyond