Amika Kushwaha is one of the few Kathak artists in Canada who pairs her performances with live musical accompaniment. Apart from showcasing this Indian Classical dance form in its traditional glamour, Amika has choreographed Kathak to many different musical genres and can intuitively collaborate with dancers of any dance style.
Amika is the recipient of the 2016 Shakti Award for Artistic Excellence and has taken part in notable festivals such as Namaste Geneva, Next Step Dance Festival, the Indian Electronica Festival, and the Vancouver Island, Mission, Harrison and Vancouver Folk Music Festivals.
Amika’s dance training began with her mother and continued under Kathak maestro Pt. Ram Mohan Mishra (Maharaj) at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi, India. Over the years, she has refined her technique through intense workshops with leading masters of the present global Kathak dance community, namely the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandita Saswati Sen, Maulik Shah, Pandita Uma Dogra, and most recently with Raghav Raj Bhatt.
Amika is also a well-synchronized Harmonium player, and has accompanied a number of great musicians including the Khalifa of the Delhi Gharana of vocal, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan.
In addition to dancing and performing music, Kushwaha works as a professional engineer in Vancouver. Amika and her husband, Ghazal and Tabla artist, Cassius Khan, are proud founders and directors of the Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, held annually since 2012.