WA NO KAKEHASHI- Bridge of Understanding


Sunday, April 15, 2018
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


India Center of Westchester brings Ruchika Dance Academy from Japan, showcasing the art blending the culture by Indian and Japanese students and artists presenting Indian Classical and Folk Dance with live music.

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Ruchika Dance Academy


Wa No Kakehashi………..Bridge of Understanding          Showcasing Kathak and Japanese dance and music in India

  1. Kizuna………. Friendship                                                     Dance events to raise funds and show solidarity between two countries for Natural disasters in Japan include…. Tsunamis, Typhoons,Earthquakes.
  2. Chalo India……….                                                          Introducing India and Indian culture in Japan    by inviting artists from India, showing performances, visiting school and arranging lecture demonstration for better understanding of India.

There are many other events organized by Embassy, Consulate, Japanese cultural affairs where she participated and worked hard to show real image of India and our culture in Japan as well as in India.

Smt.Nalini Toshniwal is a prominent Kathak artist in Japan. She received her training in Ajmer under guidance of eminent Kathak Acharya Shri Manak Chand Jodhpuri, who is the Guru bhai of late Pt. Durga Lal ji and disciple of Guru Pt. Sunder Prasad ji (Jaipur Gharana).

Nalini founded Ruchika Dance Academy in Ajmer in the year 1990. The academy was relocated in Kobe, Japan when she moved to Japan in 1993.  It is her constant endeavor to help her students in developing an all rounded personality through dance and to inspire them with the aesthetic and spiritual merits of KATHAK and Indian culture.

Nalini has organized several dance concerts and has invited famous artists from all over the globe. Members of Ruchika dance academy have participated in several dance and cultural exchange events in Japan and other countries – India, USA and UK.


Tadao Ishihama, a versatile sitar artist, was born in Osaka in 1979. Ishihama started playing the sitar from the tender age of 15.After a period of intensive training in Japan, Tadao Ishihama came to India for the first time in 1997.

In Kolkata he was trained by eminent sitar guru, Pandit Monoj Shankar of the famous Malhar gharana. Ever since Tadao Ishihama has been giving stage performances at various important functions and venues not only here in India and in Japan but he has played the sitar the other Asian countries.

Tadao Ishihama has had musical sessions and recordings at the Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, House, [with Astad Deboo, Seoul Traditional Music Orchestra, Park Beum Hoon, Keith Middleton from STOMP, Miles Electric Band etc. Though Ishihama lives in Osaka, Japan, he continues to come back to India to his guru to further embellish his beautiful style. With Tadao Ishihama there is no stopping. He is continuously trying to better his skills. In Japan, he not only conducts cultural functions but has also dedicated himself to introducing and teaching aspirants to the heritage of the north Indian musical instrument-THE SITAR.


Pranshu Chaturlal , Tabla artist, first public performance was in 2001 at the age of seven in Unites States of America when he traveled with his father and Guru Pt. Charanjit Lal. In October again went on a tour to United Stated of America in 2003

for a lecture demonstration concerts in various schools and Universities and was appreciated for his brilliant performances. On this tour, he also had a privilege of playing with famous jazz musicians in a concert in Tennessee. He also did a lecture demonstration along with his father on a radio, which was unique of its own kind. He has already made a CD with a pop singer “Jewel”.

They also performed for Carnegie Hall, New York in New Delhi which was a live video conferencing between New Delhi and New York sharing their cultural ties where they shared the stage with Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Ghulam Waris, Sarangi Artist,  was born in a family of traditional Indian Classical musicians.  He learnt the art of playing Sarangi under the guidance of his uncle Padmabhushan Ustad Sabri Khan Sahab, a great sarangi samrath of India and father Late Ustad Ghulam Ahmed Qadri Sahab, a great sitar maestro.  By virtue of belonging of the Sainia Gharana of Rampur-Muradabad, their tradition of music can be traced back to Miyan Tansen, a jewel in the court of Mughal Emperor, Akbar Baadshah.

Deepak Maharaj , (Indian Classical Kathak Dance), was born on 25th February 1970 in Delhi in the illustrious family of the Kalka-Bindadin Gharana. He received his training from a very tender age from his father the renowned Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj. He began performing on stage from the young age of nine and also accompanied his father on many concert tours in India and abroad.

    He has performed in India , U.K., U.S.A, Canada, Italy, Dubai, Germany, France, Australia, Russia etc. 

      He has also performed at prestigious dance festivals all over India. Deepak Maharah has given splendid performances as Romeo in the ballet Romeo & Juliet which has been staged in various cities in India.

    He has also been invited to give lecture demonstrations by SPIC-MACAY at various institutions all over the country. Over the years Deepak Maharaj has been conferred with various prestigious awards. To name a few: Sringar Mani Award by the Sur Sringar Academy in 1996, the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award from the All India National Unity Conference in 2006, New Delhi and the Yuva Darpan Award on the occasion of International Youth Day in 2007. 

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Irvington Town Hall Theater
85 Main Street
Irvington, NY 10533
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Times: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Presenter: India Center of Westchester
Presenter Phone: 9172928945
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