Famous kathak dancers


Birju Maharaj, in full Brijmohan Nath Mishra Maharaj   (born February 4, 1937), Indian dancer, a master of the kathak form and a leading exponent of the Kalka-Bindadin gharana (community of musicians sharing a distinctive musical style) of Lucknow.

Birju Maharaj was born into a well-known kathak dancing family. He began performing as a child alongside his father, Acchan Maharaj. After the death of his father, when Birju was nine years old, he began training with his uncles, the well-known dance masters Shambhu and Lacchu Maharaj. He became a dance teacher at the age of 13, and by the time he was 28 his mastery of the dance form had won him the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi (India’s national academy of music, arts, and dance) Award.

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Born in Jaipur, Sharmila Sharma belongs to a family of artists. Her father is a folk musician and singer and her mother is a Kathak dancer, as well as a folk dancer.Her first stage experience, at the age of three, coincided with her first dance contest : her performance captivated the audience and she won the first prize.After an initial training in folk dances of Northern India as well as in Kathak from her mother Tara Sharma, Sharmila joined the renowned Kathak Kendra in New Delhi where she also learnt Hindustani classical singing and tabla.Her talent blossomed under the tutelage of Pandit Rajendra Kumar Gangani (Jaipur style) and of famous Pandit Birju Maharaj (Lucknow style).Sharmila became a professional dancer at the age of fourteen, and she has been performing in international and national festivals ever since.She established herself in Paris in 1993, where she started teaching Kathak and continues to do so.She conducts workshops and gives Kathak recitals on a regular basis. A tireless dancer, she travels and performs, flitting between Europe and India, where her art is appreciated by connoisseurs and by the general audience.
SILA MEHTA
, a dancer with a rare sense of artistry 
has proved to be one of the leading female Kathak dancers of India.SHILA received initial training from SRI PRAHLAD DAS and SRI CHITRESH DAS. Later on, she has undergone training  in intricate nuances from the renowned Guru Pt. VIJAI SHANKAR.She has attended intensive workshops conducted by theDoyen of Kathak Pt. BIRJU MAHARAJ and renowned choreographer and dancer SMT. KUMUDINI LAKHIA. Lessons in Abhinaya aspects of classical dance are imparted to her by Smt. KALANIDHI NARAYAN.

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