Pandit Satya Narayana Charka

Learn Kathak from an Experienced Dance Teacher

Pandit Charka heads the Department of Kathak at YICG (Young Indian Culture Group, Inc.) in NYC. He teaches this renowned dance form to his students, enabling them to master swift footwork (Tatkar) and pirouettes (Chakar) which vary according to the tempo of the piece. Pandit Charka would demonstrate the various poses, expressions and body movements so that the students can practice and execute the steps with perfection.

Pandit Charka as a

Kathak Artist

Pandit Satya Narayana Charka graduated from the Government College of Music and Dance, Hyderabad, and Kathak Kendra, New Delhi in classical dance. He is a Kathak maestro of international acclaim and was tutored by Pundit R.K.Shukla, Pundit Shambu Maharaj, Shrimati Maya Rao and Birju Maharaj. Pundit Charka is also a noted choreographer and teacher who has staged numerous traditional dance recitals and participated in major events, workshops, concerts as well as dance dramas overseas.

Pandit Charka was conferred many honors, awards and appointments to various posts.

  • Appointed as staff artist by the Indian Ministry of Defense in 1969
  • Taught at the American Foundation and the American International School from 1969 to 1972
  • Designated as Indian Cultural delegate on a cultural mission to Kabul in 1971
  • Headed a prestigious seven-member cultural delegation to Japan, Hong Kong and Bangkok during 1971-72
  • Appointed as Director of Indian Cultural Activities at the Ballet and Indian Dance Institute, Tokyo in 1974
  • Conferred the title of Indian Cultural Ambassador in 1974
  • Headed the Dance Department of the Indian Cultural Center of Suva, Fiji in 1976

The maestro and his troupe also had the privilege of performing before Queen Elizabeth during her silver jubilee tour of the South Pacific.

Nurturing Creativity and Skill

Pandit Satya Narayana Charka is a Kathak dance teacher who nurtures creativity and sharpens the skill of his students. In the course of advanced training, Kathak students are exposed to different aspects of this spectacular and versatile North Indian dance form. Students from the Queens and Long Island communities in New York City (NYC) can benefit from the dance classes at YICG.

For more details regarding his class schedule, call 1-516-739-1575 or send an email to


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