SAMANTaA Dance Co. was established in the year 2011 by the young and dynamic Kathak duo Shubhi Johari & Amit Khinchi. Amit Khinchi & Shubhi Johari disciples of Shri Rajendra Kumar Gangani ji and Shri Jai Kishan Maharaj ji respectively and aluminis of Kathak Kendra New Delhi, aim to promote and inculcate the importance of music, dance & instrument culture in the youth of the country through their company.
Shubhi & Amit have been giving performances, lecture demonstrations and workshops in the schools colleges and professional institutions all throughout the country. Major festivals they have performed in are Drishti Dance Festival, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Udayshankar dance festival, Bengaluru Temple Festival and many more.
Amit & Shubhi have recently been awarded titles Natya Mayooram and Nritya Vilasini for their outstanding contributions in the field of Kathak.
SAMANTaA Dance Co. has also established a repertoire of professional dancers and musicians which work throughout the year for the promotion of art and culture. The repertory is also empanelled with the Sahitya Kala Parishad new delhi & Festival of India Cell with the Ministry of Culture.
In 2016 the Company celebrated its 5th Anniversary and thus decided to presented a series of dance and music festivals each year
AAROH- the beginning, is the annual event of their institute where the young and budding talent gives an annual performance.
SamantaA next initiative is a 2 day young dancers festival Naval Kathak Utsav. Through this kathak festival, the company wishes that the number of Kathak festivals that has declined considerably specially in the capital New Delhi is retained.
The Ist edition of the festival was organized in collaboration with Lok Kala Manch, New Delhi. The IInd edition was also conducted in collaboration with SNA, Delhi, 2 day workshop by Padmabhushan Smt Kumudini Lakhia. IIIrd edition is going to be organized on 26 & 27 November 2018 in Delhi.
SAMANTaA Dance Co. also puts up their new work and showcases it in the form of a production in Kamani Auidtorium, New Delhi.
By far it has made 2 major productions:
SAMANTaA... a kathak duet- which tries to focus on the similarities of the two most prestigious gharanas of Kathak, Lucknow & jaipur. The production was premiered in 2013 & it has travelled very widely nationally and has also been presented in Korzo India Dans Festival, Den Haag Netherlands.
AADYANT…the infinite- a group production, Through this production we connect a dancer’s journey with the infinite lord. The hard work one does, the obstacles one faces, the failures one achieves and the criticism one accepts to become the best. To become like the perfect man ….. Krishna, the only lord who possesses the 16 kalas and thus called 16 kala Sampoorna Krishna.
SAMANTaA DANCE CO. has also taken workshops in countries like Korea & Netherlands. ‘URJA’ a shorter production based on the traditional bandish Damaru Har Kar Baaje has also travelled nationally & internationally.