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 intern. Interns perform with the company on an as-needed basis until they are chosen to join the company ranks.
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 eighth season as a KDT intern.
Aaratrika Mondal has been studying Kathak at KDT since 2014 and has since studied with masters like Ms. Saswati Sen and Durga Arya-Krüger. In April of 2021, she won her age group in the Kathak solo performance category at the Bharathotsav International Virtual Dance Competition in Ottawa, Canada. This is Aaratrika's first season as a KDT intern.
Ishani Nandan began her Kathak training under Mukta Sathe over a decade ago, and has since studied under masters like Pandit Birju Maharaj and Ms. Saswati Sen. This is her first season as an intern with KDT.