Prerana Deshpande established Nrityadham (Home of dance) in Pune in 2003 with
the blessings of her Guru Dr. Rohini Bhate and Smt. Sharadini Gole, to preserve and
propagate Kathak in its pure, traditional form of which Prerana is a master practitioner.
At Nrityadham, the students are taught Kathak from the basics upto expert levels,
as they imbibe the intricacies of this beautiful dance form. The students are initially
taught in larger groups, moving to smaller groups and ultimately end up in “One-to-One”
master classes from Preranaji herself.Nrityadham has its own dance studio where
one can practice even after training sessions or read books on Kathak. Accommodation
for outstation students can also be arranged.
Many students from other countries or cities also take training at Nritydham. New
aspiring students from different parts of India and the world come to Pune at Nrityadham
and are given rigorous training of the basics and 'riyaaz' in a complete atmosphere
of dance. After gaining initial control over the basics of Kathak, the students
carry on their learning online. Though Prerana strongly believes that art cannot
be learnt through technology, she believes that the right utilisation of technology
can help to maintain whatever has been learnt in the short period at Nrityadham
till the next possible visit. This has proved to be successful with many of Prerana's
students from places like Chennai, USA, Australia etc., who make it a point to visit
Pune as frequently as possible. Some of these students are successfully promoting
Kathak in their respective places.
Nrityadham also conducts workshops in different cities on invitation and in collaboration
with local dance schools. Similarly, Nrityadham also organizes workshops of visiting
Kathak dancers from time to time. The latest was a workshop by Shri Subhash Chandra
of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi who is a direct disciple of the great Guru Late Pt.