Kathak is a classical Indian dance style. Through generations, Kathak has evolved to be a strong art form. In today’s age, where creativity and dynamism play an important role to communicate messages and raise social issues, Indian classical dance has the power and the strength to tell a million stories, to break barriers, to create awareness and to connect people. Kathak's beauty, depth and rich tradition make it a strong expression medium and an effective communication tool.
Taking this as the background, Madhura Aphale and Toshal Gandhi, two trained Kathak dancers, and students of Guru Maneesha Sathe started Sutradhar India, a social enterprise based in Pune, India. With the sole intent of connecting people on the basis of art, keeping the core elements and tradition of Kathak intact, Team Sutradhar explores different arts-based initiatives to work on several socio-cultural issues.
Through interactive talk shows, dance-based productions, various social projects and performance collaborations, Sutradhar aims to create newer avenues for people to get closer to traditional arts, raise awareness about important issues and thus make a difference.
Madhura Aphale, Co-founder
Madhura is a trained Kathak dancer, a Nritya Alankar (Master's in Kathak) and has been taking her Kathak education for about 20 years from Guru Maneesha Sathe. She has performed in dance productions and acclaimed drama productions all over India.
A Social Work postgraduate and an Arts-Based Therapist by education, Madhura has over 7 years of experience in teaching dance and has designed several applied dance and theater learning programs for children and adults.
Toshal Gandhi, Co-founder
Toshal is a trained Kathak dancer, a Nritya Alankar (Master's in Kathak) and has been taking her Kathak education for about 22 years from Guru Maneesha Sathe. She has performed all over India and in countries like Japan and Bahrain.
A Production Engineer by education, Toshal has over 5 years of corporate experience in the field of learning design and management for children and adults. She also heads Marketing and Outreach for a social startup BleeTech Innovations