About The Leela Academy

The Leela Academy provides comprehensive education in kathak dance for students of all ages. Grounded in the pedagogy of renowned kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, Leela’s curriculum creates a rich and challenging learning environment for students. In addition to weekly classroom education with resident faculty, students at Leela receive invaluable opportunities to engage with India’s finest classical artists in performance and in the classroom. A range of performance opportunities – in schools, classrooms and on mainstages around the world – supplement students’ training and education. Leela’s educational program reflects its commitment to helping passionate and talented individuals achieve their full potential as artists, leaders, cultural ambassadors and global citizens. The Leela Academy faculty are amongst today’s leading Indian classical music and dance artists include Artistic Director Rina Mehta and Guest Faculty Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas, Seema Mehta, Sarah Morelli, Satyaprakash Mishra and Vaibhav Mankad.