Annie Penta


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Annie Penta has studied the music of India for over thirty years. She started studying vocal music, initially with Ali Akbar Khan. Later, moved by a dhrupad recording, she went to India to study with the younger Dagar brothers, Ustad Nasir Zahiruddin and Nasir Faiyazuddin Dagar. Later she continued to learn with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Besides singing, she was also trained in tabla by Mahapurush Misra and Shankar Ghosh.  
Since the early 1970’s Annie has been active in the
Pacific Northwest as a performer with the Leela Dhrupad Singers, and as a tabla accompanist. As a member of the Kathak dance group “Leela” (founded by Annie, together with Shantha Benegal and the late Prabha Rustagi), she appeared in numerous performances as a drummer and/or vocalist for the group. She has also been active as an educator. She has conducted a number of outreach workshops and residencies in schools and colleges, as well as for community groups. She continues in her role as a teacher. Her work has been recognized and supported by the Arts Commissions of the City of Seattle, King County and The State of Washington.  She has also been accepted as a rostered artist in education program in the state of Alaska. Annie and Shantha also sing together as Leela Dhrupad Sisters.

In Utsav 2007, Annie Penta will be co-presenting the Leela Kathak Workshop and will accompany Urmila Nagar and Group in their performance.

VenueEthnic Cultural TheaterDate: Friday October 12. Time: 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM


2 Responses to Annie Penta

  1. Erin Durrett says:

    Greetings Ms. Penta,

    I am looking for a teacher to study Nada Yoga with in the Seattle area. I wonder if you are available for lessons or might have ideas for me. I would very much appreciate anything you could share.

    Thank you very much!

  2. Harneet Kaur says:

    Dear Annie,

    Sorry I have not been able to get back to you. I got your letter read carefully about the program you guys performed. Unforunatley the letter was mailed too late and I could not make it. I would have love to come watch since I am a devoted believer in Radha Krishna. Anyways, joining your group would be the first step in my training for my future. My goal is to become a professional dancer as well as a known choreographer for the Bollywood industry. And you most likely know that to reach my goal experience is much more significant than attending a top dancing school. With much enthusiasm I would love to join your group but there is only one tiny problem. I can’t come to practice in Sundays at 3:00 p.m because I go to Punjabi school in Renton on Sundays from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. If any way you could find me another time to practice this would be one of most important opportunities in life.

    Thank You for taking the time to read my email and I hope we can work something out!

    Hoping to be a future dancer


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