High-achieving students who have shown an impressive level of commitment and talent in the classroom may be chosen by Rita Mustaphi to become a company apprentice. Apprentices perform with the company on an as-needed basis until the company collectively decides to bring them into their ranks.
Shilpi Chatterjee studied Kathak in India for 10 years before moving to Minnesota to continue her studies with KDT. She has won awards at multiple district-level dance competitions and has performed with the Bengali Association of Minnesota. This is her second season as an apprentice with KDT.
Rimika Dhara began studying Kathak in India under the guidance of Guru Bhavana Lele. While there, she attended workshops conducted by Pandit Birju Maharaj and Ms. Saswati Sen, performed in Mumbai and won multiple international dance awards. Locally, Rimika has performed for the Bengali Association of Minnesota and with KDT in The Hungry Stones after joining as a student in 2017. This is her third season as an apprentice.
Prachee Palekar studied Kathak under Rita Mustaphi for years before joining KDT as an apprentice in 2020. She currently lives in Columbus, IN.
Aanchal Sahni has been learning Kathak dance under Rita Mustaphi since 2007 and has attended master classes with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen. Her performance credits include, Rubaiyat – Life in a Day and Pourush – The Masculine. This is her seventh season as an apprentice.
Anisha Sharma began studying Kathak with Rita Mustaphi in 2009 and has since studied with masters like Pandit Birju Maharaj and Ms. Saswati Sen. Her performance credits with KDT include Rubaiyat – Life in a Day (2014), Pourush – The Masculine (2015), and The Hungry Stones (2018). This is her seventh season as an apprentice.
Sreedevi Vengalil studied Bharatnatyam for over 10 years and has performed and won awards at various platforms and competitions in the Middle East and in India. Always having been fascinated by Kathak, she began studying it in 2017 with KDT after moving to Minnesota. Since then, she has attended workshops by Pandit Birju Maharaj and Rajendra Gangani. She became a KDT apprentice in 2019.