Labonee Mohanta, internationally renowned Kathak artist and disciple of the late maestro Pandit Chitresh Das, began her training in Kathak dance at an early age of 8. A proficient and highly dynamic solo artist, Labonee has performed traditional Kathak solos to great acclaim in dance festivals throughout the US, Canada, France, and India. She also employs Panditji’s innovation Kathak Yoga where she simultaneously sings the rhythmic cycle, dances complex mathematical patterns, and plays the harmonium.

Labonee was a member of the renowned Chitresh Das Dance Company and toured with Panditji’s award-winning productions including ‘Shabd’, ‘Sita Haran‘, and ‘Shiva’ to name a few. She served as branch director and senior teacher at the Chhandam School of Kathak for many years. She now regularly teaches and mentors students around the world in the art of Kathak. As a second generation Indian in America, Labonee plays a prominent role in preserving the cultural heritage of India in the East and spreading these values to the West. She represents the next generation of Indian classical artists and continues the mission of promoting, educating, and thus preserving the rich heritage of Kathak.

VIDEO: Kalakendra Performance

Labonee Mohanta…presented an engaging and highly improvised Kathak solo to a full house…with its complex subtleties and intricacies, and in the process displaying her stamina and endurance.

–India West, San Francisco {View article}

 

The highlight of the programme was the Kathak Yoga in which the dancer can be seen playing harmonium, while singing and dancing to rhythm, not an easy task by any means.

–The Afternoon, Mumbai {View article}

 

…Mohanta’s solo performance which featured graceful footwork and impeccable attention to rhythmic cycles and beats.

–India West, San Francisco {View article}

 

Labonee Mohanta’s fleet-footed Golden Deer had a wonderfully nervous anxiety about it…

–DanceView Times, San Francisco {View article}