The Tarana Lineage
Deviekha Chetram is the disciple of
Sri Padmavibushan Pratap Pawar & the late Durga Lal.
Studied in Guyana & Toronto
Reshmi Chetram is the disciple of her mother Deviekha Chetram and world renowned Guru,
Sri Padmavibushan Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Studied in New Delhi & Toronto
Tarana was founded in Toronto in 1989, by Indo-Caribbean Deviekha Chetram. With many families migrating from different parts of the world, Deviekha's cultural offerings in Kathak dance, filmy & folk gave many a sense of home.
Tarana is steeped in tradition while breathing fresh air into spaces for innovation in dance. Tarana has been seen at global and national dance festivals, giving back to charitable causes and working hard to provide access and opportunity for dancers in Canada.
In 2014, Deviekha Chetram was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a diagnosis that shook the dance industry. Reshmi, her daughter decided to continue her mothers work & keep Tarana open, offering dance education & opportunity for the next generation of dancers.
Tarana has touched the hearts of thousands through the years, blazing a trail for the future of Indian dance leaders to come.
The Future of Tarana
Over 3 decades of service The Tarana Company has evolved into a mainstream dance organization providing dance education, scholarships, opportunity and a holistic approach to artistic excellence in Indian dance.