BHUBANESWAR: Akademi awardee Kathak exponent Rani Karnaa commenced her 16 {+t} {+h} session of Kathak workshop in the city on Tuesday.

The workshop is being conducted at A-39, HIG, Baramunda and students of different age groups have joined the 10-day session, said Karnaa, who was born in Pakistan and is married to an Oriya. “I owe a lot to Orissa and I must give back something to the State. Besides being a daughter-in-law of the soil, I was a disciple of Odissi maestro Kelucharan Mohapatra. Thus I share a special bond with Orissa,” said the dancer-choreographer- guru.

Karnaa has set up Samskritiki Shreyskar, an academy for Kathak in Kolkata that undertakes several initiatives for promotion of Kathak in the land of Odissi. She has opened a branch of the academy in the capital.

“I have received rave response to my series of workshops being hosted here. Besides a number of Odissi dancers from the City, a Japanese dancer also joined my workshop. There are a large number of North Indian families staying in the city who wish their children to learn Kathak that originated in North India,' she observed. For further details, Karnaa can be contacted over phone to 0674-2555026.