ARZAN GONDA - Artistic Director & Founder
Rhythm India was founded by Arzan Gonda in 2004. Since then she & her dancers have captivated audiences throughout Houston!
Classical Dance Background
Arzan started her training in Bharata Natyam (a style of Indian Classical Dance) at the prestigious Nateshwar Nritya Kala Mandir in Mumbai, India at the age of 5. With the guidance of her beloved Guru Smt. Chhaya Khanvate in Mumbai India, in 1989, at a very young age, she completed her Arangetram at age 11. The Arangetram is a dancer’s debut performance, marking the graduation of the trainee into a full fledged dance exponent. The Arangetram requires years of commitment and rigorous training. The dedication, sincerity, and humility that is required for the training process prior to the arangetram has to be sustained for many years to attain the elusive perfection of this art form.
Receiving the All-India Sharda Sangeet Vidyalaya Award from the Indian Minister of Cultural Affairs
Guru Smt. Chhaya Khanvate
Arzan is eternally grateful to her Guruji of 29 years Smt. Chhaya Khanvate of the Nateshwar Nritya Kala Mandir in Mumbai, India. Her Guruji is her inspiration and will always hold a special place of honor and reverence in her heart. Her Guruji has been an exemplary performer, teacher and mentor.
"I hope I can be the same kind of example to my students. Dance has always had relevance with every pursuit in my life, it is something by which I measure everything else in life. It has been the basis of my true education, my teacher of perseverance and dedication" - Arzan Gonda
National Awards and Recognition
Since the age of 10, Arzan competed in several State & National-level dance competitions representing her school and eventually her university. While competing at the National level, Arzan was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2000 Swar Sadhna Samiti All-India Dance Competition. She was also a senior instructor at her Guru’s dance academy in Mumbai, India.
Acting and Theater
Apart from dance Arzan is also an actress. She was a part of "SPEED" a Children's Theatre Company in Mumbai, India. And has been performing since she was 8 years of age. She is now a part of Shunya Theatre, a Houston-based non-profit theatre troupe, which is dedicated to providing a voice to the South Asian American experience through the visual and performing arts. Arzan has also performed numerous times as a lead actress and dancer at several venues in Houston including The Miller Outdoor Theater, Stages Repertory Theater and Tatham Fine Arts Center.
Awards, Performances, & Credits:
Education and Community Service Background