Founder & Artistic Director
Karishma is recognized for her creativity, high energy and versatility in her works. Her recent works include a Kathak Contemporary piece Manja in the most recent product Melange 2019, Morning in Melange 2017, which was also showcased in Choreographers’ festival at Dance Mission, SF.
Karishma started her dance training at Mumbai’s premiere dance school – Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts (SDIPA) where she was placed in the institute’s very first Special Potential Performers’ batch to train as a Company Dancer and had an extensive performance career for the next 10 years. After moving to the bay area in 2000, she studied ballet and modern dance for 4 years at Dance Mission, ODC in SF. She performed and choreographed for several local organizations such as Dance Mission(SF), Counterpulse, GarageSF, Brahmakumari Society and ASHA.
Karishma spearheaded the first dance fitness program at the India Community Center in 2005. She was invited by Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz to give a lecture on Indian dance classical and folk dance forms. She founded Monsoon Dance Company in 2008 while managing a full time consulting career. Karishma brings a unique perspective to her work, continually exploring dance stories through Indian dance forms in a contemporary light.
Karishma is trained in Kathak for over 10 yrs in the Lucknow Gharana. She underwent numerous workshop trainings at the leading Kathak dance academy in Ahmedabad, Kadamb. She furthered her training under Guru Prashant Shah, senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia and is now part of their dance company – Prashant Shah & Dancers. Karishma loves combining rigorous footwork with the agility in the movements that Kathak demands, while preserving the authentic form of Kathak but also experimenting its contemporary elements.