Saturday, September 19, 2009


Mokshayatan Dance Foundation is the cultural wing of Mokshayatan International Yogashram headed by Acharyaa Pratishtha.

"Mokshayatan Dance Foundation is a modern view to traditions…presenting cultural heritage with modern techniques and exploring new vision.” Says Acharyaa Pratishtha, Director, Mokshayatan Dance Foundation.

It’s a specialized organization in Kathak dance and yog.
It has its own performing dance group and specialized dancers of different dance forms from Delhi.

It provides all kind of dances workshops, yog workshops all kind of dance shows when and where required… all kind of folk dances of India, Classical dances of India, modern dances etc.

Acharyaa Pratishtha has her own rules n believes, for any lecture demonstration at any educational institute she never charge her own honorarium.


Topper (medalist) of 3 years hons course as well as 2 year post diploma course at Kathak Kendra, National Institute of Kathak Dance,

Empanelled artist of ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Graded artist of Doordarshan.
Empanelled artist of Spic Macay.

Recipient of Scholarship by Kathak Kendra.

Recipient of National Scholarship by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

Honored with ‘Manasi Kala Samman’, ‘Kathak Samragyi’, ‘Natya Kala Ratna Samman’ and ‘Shreshtha Nagrik Samman’ by different organizations


‘You are not only the youngest but the best.’
- H.H.APJ Abul Kalam, President Of India

‘Oh God ! She is too young.’
-Sushma Swaraj
Minister of information & broadcasting, Govt.Of India

‘A novel effort to preserve the classical & Cultural heritage of India.’
- Jagmohan
Minister of tourism & culture, Govt. Of India

‘I can see the cultural talent & spirituality in Pratishtha inherited from her family. Blessings and Good luck.’
- ‘Padma Shri’ Ruskin Bond, Writer

Pratishtha is too mature at such a young age.’
- Swadesh Deepak, Writer

‘I can see a multi dimension talent in this young girl’
- Nawaz Deobandi, Poet

‘You know how to spell bound your audience.’
- Isabele ana, Israel

‘I love India because of you and your yoga teachings my Guru.’
- Kenichiro Toyofuku, First secretary, Japan embassy

‘I never knew yoga can be so interesting.’

- Shimtz, Monk

‘I have never found a yoga teacher like you.’ - Helga, Iceland embassy

‘I was in another world when I practiced your meditation.’
- Asahiko, Japanese student

‘I never knew my body is a temple and my soul is the only God, thanks a lot for letting me know this though your wonderful teachings. I wish to give birth to my baby at this holy land of India only.’
- Yuka, Japan

‘I never know yoga can be so scientific.’
- Christia Germyn, Yoga Teacher, Canada

‘I met and spoke to my dead mother while practicing your meditation.’
- Kavita, Beauty Therapist

‘You are my ideal, I always wish to be like you.’
- Shikha, Student from Bhopal

‘ Acharyaa ji’s words have fire which provides a new enthusiasm.’
- Karvaris, student from Aligrah

‘I’m greatful to Acharyaa ji for changing my life with her meditations’
-Mukulini, Student from Jammu

‘ Youngest Yoga teacher.’
- Nick, Britain

‘Never seen a person with such a lot of energy like acharyaa.’
- Natasha, Sweden

‘I love my guru she never called me LINDY, she always called me HINDI, she is full of humor she is master of life.’
- Lindy, America
“Yogiraj and Natraj Pratishtha Sharma is the special combination of two great sciences of India Yoga Dance. There is a dancing rhythm in her yogic discourses and a yogi’s skill in her dance performances.”
-Bhopal Chronicle

“She has the skill to spell bound the audience and travel straight into their minds through her deep spiritual interaction in her meditation sessions.”
-Hindustan Times

“Talented Pratishtha trained under acclaimed Guru, presents a quality of response into her presentation.”
- The Hindu

“She has a breathless quality of unceasing speed giving her viewers a brain fag.”
- The Hindu


A convent educated arts graduate with honors but master of body, mind, soul and life management Yogacharyaa Pratishtha started learning yog in the womb of her mother as she is the daughter of world acclaimed Yog Guru Bharat Bhushan ji, the only ‘Padma Shri’ recipient in the field of yog sadhna by Govt. of India for his outstanding contribution in this field and has worked in more than 60 countries.
She learnt the science of yog under the expert guidance of her father and joined him on several concerts, tours, demonstrations and camps of National and International repute.

She took official training of yog under Guru Shankar Apte for 6 years at Kathak Kendra New Delhi.
From an early age she showed a special affinity towards the seers. She would listen to their talks and ask various questions and was really lucky to have the master at home itself to answer all her queries. Yogacharyaa Pratishtha started doing Yajan at the tender age of 5 as through her logical mind she exposed the scientific benefits of such high spiritual traditions. Even when she stayed at the hostel at New Delhi for her further studies she used to wake up four and practice her Yogabhyaas and yajan everyday. Her perfect yogic lifestyle discovered in her the YOUNGEST YOGACHARYAA and the MIND THERAPIST and she came out as a professional in this field when she joined as the yoga consultant at just 20 years of age and media launched her as the youngest yogacharyaa on 2nd Oct 2007.
She has,
· Worked as the yoga consultant at Amatrra Health Spa, Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
Worked as a Yoga instructor in International Yoga Festival for many years.
· Worked as a yoga demonstrator in famous T.V. Serial “Yog Sadhna” at Delhi Doordarshan and “Total Tandurusti” at Zee News.
· Conducted a series of Yog sessions for Indian & foreign yog enthusiasts at ‘Mokshayatan International Yogashram’ at Saharanpur
Conducted Yog sessions at different countries like Japan, Indonesia etc.
· Choreographed a yog presentation for ‘Arogya 2006’ by Ministry of Health, Govt. of India.
· Performed yog postures for popular advertisement film ‘Incredible India’ by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.
· Choreographed ‘Togetherness’, a fusion of dance & yog and many choreographies of kathak with the spine of yog.
Imparted yog training at Taj Mohatsava, Agra.
· Shared the joy of yog with very senior scientists of DRDO Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India at ITM Mussorie.

· Shared the joy of yog with the army officers at Meerut
· Imparted yog training to the officers and jawans of I.T.B.P. at Mirthi, Pithoragrah.
· Conducted innumerable yog camps for public at large at Noida, Ghaziabad, Indore, Rudrapur, Faridabad, Vadodara, Bhopal, Delhi and so on.

No matter she has given innumerable lectures on Yog all around the globe and has given her kathak performances in almost all reputed dance festivals of world but she loves to share with youth as she believes that they are the real NATION BUILDERS. Hence special youth programs are conducted by Mokshayatan International Yogashram where as a MIND THERAPIST she teaches them how to master their mind and become architect of their future. Her such approach has made her popular as the youth icon.
According to her, Yog is not a mere set of physical exercises, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a journey from ordinary to extra ordinary, it’s a journey of inner world that brings astonishing changes in the functioning of the mind, body and even soul of an individual. It provides more energy, enthusiasm and inner harmony to unlock the infinite potential and help the practitioner to cherish life and to see the divinity in each and every aspect of it. In just one word, Yogic life style makes the practitioner an Extra Ordinary one.


Acharyaa Pratishtha has choreographed many compositions for different organizations under the banner of Mokshayatan International Yogashram’s cultural wing – Mokshayatan Dance Foundation

STRENGTH, STAMINA AND SPEED… Knowing ourselves… we’ve all in us…Strength, Stamina and Speed all what we need is to realize it. And to realize, to know, to discover what we have within us we need to go inside… inside us… we need to visit our inner place.

SHIVEN SEH NARTANAM… Dancing With Shiva…

SACRIFICE… a patriotic Kathak Presentation based on martyrs of the Nation. As kathak means Katha Kahe so Kathak kehlaye… repetitions of the unknown katha is not at all important… I believe the Yug ke devata are the martyrs of India and sacrifice is their katha as dance is not at all a mere source of entertainment… its something more… mush more than just entertainment.

TOGETHERNESS… A fusion of dance and Yoga as the both forms are deeply connected to each other and are absolutely incomplete without each other as dance is not only concerned with body… many times the inner self dances. Yog is not a mere set of physical exercises… yog is what takes an individual soul to the universal and dance is what takes the individual soul to the universal.

MOODS… the Expression of feelings … There are different languages at different ares of the world with different use of words but still there is one language which is far away from words and speech which can be discovered only in the silence and that is the language of expression. Choreography is based on different emotions of life…romance, enjoyment, fear, valor, laughter, peace etc without words.

DANCE TO TRANCE … When the man was happy for the first time he danced. Many people say they don’t dance… I absolutely disagree with this statement as I truly believe that each and every soul dances sometimes physically and sometimes mentally. Dance is the ultimate journey which takes the dancer to the state of trance.

KRISHNA the Perfection… Lord Krishna is the symbol of perfection in our culture. Child? Like kanha, Adolescent? Like Kanha, Beloved? Like Kanha, Politician? Like Kanha, Warrior? Like kanha, Guru? Like kanha who gave the most famous lesion of yog – GEETA to the entire humanity.

SAMVAAD the dialogue… This choreography is all about the dialogue… the dialogue between the dancers… the dialogue between the dancer and the musicians… the dialogue between the music and the dance… the dialogue between the rhythm and the ghunghroos… the dialogue between the body and the mind and above all the dialogue between the individual soul and the universal soul.

AANANDA the real bliss… Aanand is the real quest of every soul. We all are striving for aanand but… where to find it???? I’m doing everything for Aanand but am I going to the right path? If yes then why I’ve not found it yet? Is Aanand a thing which I can hold? Is Aanand a place where I can reach? What is aanand and what is the right path to attain it?

MOKSHA the final destination




Beautifully combining the grace of kathak, confidence of theatre, and agility of yog, Acharyaa Pratishtha daughter of world acclaimed yog guru PADMA SHRI Bharat Bhushan ji has evolved a unique dance style of her own. With her innate grace, assurance and striking personality she has very successfully carved a niche for herself in the world of kathak.

Acharyaa Pratishtha, through her performance at various prestigious dance festivals through out the world has carved special place for herself among the performers of kathak dance.
After realizing her interest in dance her parents took her to the field of her choice at the tender age of 5.She is a ‘Prabhakar’ (6 year course) in kathak with 1st division from ‘Prayag Sangit Samiti’, Allahbad.‘Visharad’ from ‘Bhatkhande MahaVidyala’

'M.A.' - Post Graduate’ from Khairagrah

‘Post Diploma’ from Kathak Kendra, National school of dance New Delhi (as a topper - medalist for entire period of 6 years).Empanelled Artist of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). Acharyaa Pratishtha, disciple of kathak maestro ‘Guru Pandit Rajendra Gangani’ of Jaipur Gharana has attained exemplary proficiency in ‘laya’, ‘footwork’, ‘chakkar’ (pirouettes) and above all ‘Bhaava’ (expressions) and has performed all over world as group and solo presentations.

In her student life she got the opportunity to work with ranking kathak gurus such as Guru Rajendra Gangani, Guru Jaikishan Maharaj, Guru Geetanjali Lal and Guru Aditi Mangaldas.After completing her training at National School of Dance she tried to catch the modern time with taditional Kathak and along with her traditional kathak performances she started giving contemporary presentations based on kathak and yog, which came out as a divine dance.
As a dancer she has choreographed many
Productions given innumerable performances and lecture demonstrations and has conducted many workshops for Indian as well as foreign enthusiasts.

Acharyaa Pratishtha's world wide performances / stage shows

Zen Temple- Japan

Charity Show for tsunami victims- Jakarta, Indonesia

ICCR Presentation (in presence of president of Iceland and Mr. APJ Abul Kalam, President of India)- Reykjevik, Iceland.
Carnegie hall – New York, USA
Solo Kathak Performance organized by ICCR – Muskut, Oman
Solo Kathak Performance organized by ICCR – Salalas, Oman
Solo Kathak Performance organized by ICCR – Sana, Yemen
Solo Kathak Performance organized by ICCR – Tias, Yemen
Solo Kathak Performance organized by ICCR – Aden, Yemen
Solo Kathak Performance organized by ICCR – Doha, Quatar
India International Centre – New Delhi
Asia Spa Awards – New Delhi
Lachoo Maharaj Kathak Mahotsava- New Delhi

Dikshant Festival- New Delhi (2001, 2005, 2007)State Film Festival- New Delhi

State Film Festival- Tiruvantpuram
Siemens Company Conference - Mumbai, Maharashtra
Siemens Company Conference – Goa
Siemens Company Conference – Mussorie
Siemens Company Conference - AgraWorld Women’s Day- New Delhi

Kathak Kendra Presentations- Kerela (Thrissur, Cheruthurthy etc.)
Jaipur Kathak Mahotsava- Jaipur

Rashtra Vandana Samaroh- Baghpath, U.P.

Teejotsava- Ludhiana, Panjab

Taj Mahotsava- Agra

Pavas Mahotsava- U.P

Kathak Katha Festival- Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Gughaal Mela- Saharanpur, U.P.

Resonance of India- Old fort, New Delhi

ONGC- Dehradun, Uttaranchal

NCZCC- Allahbad,

U.P.INTACH (Indian National Trust for art and culture) –New Delhi

PSK (Purva Sanskritik Kendra) – Delhi

Kathak festival- Udaipur, Rajasthan
Pravasi Bhartiya Seminar (NRI) - Rishikesh