Alaina Roy is someone who aspires to be at the forefront of the art of dance where everyone under her artistic guidance is valued and encouraged to push to their highest capabilities and adapt to different circumstances. With over 10 years of experience, at her core, she is motivated by a mission to create a better world through her prized art form; dance.

A professionally trained classical Kathak dancer who has been trained under the artistic guidance of Guru Pali Chandra and Guru Nitesh Saraswat in Dubai for 10 years. She began teaching in Pakistan in 2016 and has been trained in the ISTD syllabus and by a variety of Gurus in Lucknow and Dubai. She has performed across the United Arab Emirates, at the O2 Arena in London as well as in Karachi, Pakistan, auditioned for Royal Albert Hall in London and been trained intensively in Lucknow, India.

Tell us about the philosophy behind kathak as a dance form. How does a dancer through movements display varied stories?

Kathak is the art of storytelling, which comes from the Sanskrit word “katha,” meaning a story, that is told by the “kathaka”, the storyteller. Kathak originally came about as a folk dance which then progressed into the temples and soon after, the Mughal courtyards. Every step of the journey allowed the dance form to prosper and evolve under different circumstances: a way to express different stories involving mythological aspects and spirituality, and being used as a way to express mainly emotions.

The storytelling aspect occurs through an amalgamation of music, dance and drama, with the use of facial expressions, body movements and words.

 

You have performed on international platforms too, do you think Kathak as a dance form requires a lot of exposure so that individuals abroad are able to understand it?

I believe that art itself requires appreciation which comes from exposure, in order to thrive.

 

According to you what are the most popular classical dance forms abroad?

 

I believe the most popular Indian classical dance forms in the West are Bharatanatyam and Kathak.

Learning Kathak is a lot of hard work and requires perseverance. How many years does the disciple take to go through the training. Tell us about your background and how you began your career in Kathak.

It has been 11 years since I began my journey of Kathak and it is an ongoing journey – you have never learnt enough.

 

Who is your source of inspiration?

I have a few… Pandit Birju Maharaj, Guru Pali Chandra, Guru Nitesh Saraswat and Madhuri Dixit.

 

Do you think there is a scope for Kathak dance in Pakistan?

Definitely.

 

Does your family support you?

Always.