Sonia Chaudhuri

Sonia has trained in the United States and India in the highly stylized  classical Indian dance form of Kathak. Sonia has been professionally trained in Kathak, Bharata Natyam, Ballet and Modern dance.  Sonia is committed to the promoting the awareness and appreciation of India's performing arts to today's youth and audience. 

She began her initial training in Kathak under Smt. Meena Deshpande (Louisville, KY) at the age of 4.  She continued her training in the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak under Smt. Prachi Dixit (Los Angeles, California) from the age of 9.  After completing her arangetram in Bharata Natyam under the guidance of Monica Cooley (Nashville, TN) she  moved to Kolkata, India and continued her professional training in the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak under Pandit Sontosh Maharaj.   

Sonia has a Bachelor of Science in Dance & Education from Stephens College (Columbia, MO) and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a Montessori Certification from Belmont University (Nashville, TN).

Throughout her years of Kathak training, Sonia has had the honor of participating in Master workshops and expanding her knowledge with renowned Gurus of Kathak - Pandit Birju Maharaj (Delhi, India), Guru Urmila Nagar (Delhi, India) and Guru Amita Dutta (Kolkata, India).

  • In 2003 Upasana Peforming Arts Center was established in Nashville, TN. 
  • Since 2011 Upasana Performing Arts Center has been with affiliated with Pracheen Kala Kendra University of Chandigarh, India allowing our students to achieve diplomas in professional Kathak training.
  • In 2012 the Sonia Chaudhuri Dance Company was created.  The professional dance company participates in numerous prestigious events and has achieved national recognition for innovative choreography, gorgeous costumes and excellence in dance. 
  • In the summer of 2018, Sonia produced an original dance theatre production on the legend of the Taj Mahal.

Under the leadership of Sonia,  Upasana Performing Arts Center is the larget school of Kathak dance in Tennessee.  Sonia's vision is for Upasana to become an internationally recognized institute of fine arts known for authenticity, excellent training and creative innovation.