The evening showcasing performances by eminent Gurus and faculty of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.
Exceptionally gifted Jai Kishan Maharaj hails from the renowned family of professional dancers of the country. He represents the 8th generation of the Kalka-Bindadin Gharana of the Lucknow. Son of the great maestro Padma Vibhusan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pt. Jai Kishan imbibed the art of Kathak with great devotion since early childhood. He has risen today, to be an artist of high caliber. Meteoric raciness, alert celerity, imaginative ‘Abhinaya’, outstanding footwork and energy charge movements are the areas of attraction of his style. He has been gifted with other talents like choreographing, composing music and also as a lyricist. He has added one more feather to his cap by his creative choreography in super hit Hindi movie by Yash Copra, ‘Dil to Pagal Hai’. He has received many awards and accolades such as the ‘Business and Entertainment Award’ & ‘Bharat Icon Award’ for the best dance choreographer, the ‘Delhi Ratna Award’, ‘Gaurav Award’ to name a few. Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj’s most striking feature is his potential for creativity. Jai Kishan Maharaj joined the Kathak Kendra on 09.08.1985 and presently he is working as Kathak Guru since July, 2009 and he has been given additional charge of Repertory as Choreographer.
Rajendra Gangani is an Indian Kathak dancer known for his innovative style and technical wizardry. Gangani is one of the leading exponents of the Jaipur Gharana style of Kathak. For his contributions to the field of Kathak, Gangani received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 from The President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Rajendra started his training of kathak at the early age of four. Rajendra Gangani is the disciple and son of Pt. Kundanlal Gangani. He began his journey as a Kathak dancer when he was 4 year old being son of legendary kathak exponent Kundan Lal Gangani and torch bearer of Jaipur Gharana. Rajendra completed his graduation from the Kathak Kendra, Delhi in the year 1983–84. Rajendra has choreographed several group compositions and dance dramas to standing ovations and rave reviews. He also produced a large number of thematic items like Leele-Varnan, Raag Vistaar, Tribandhi, Sargam, Zhalak, Srijan, Kavitakriti, Maharaas, Parikrama etc.
Malti Shyam is one eminent kathak exponents of Lucknow Gharana. She joined Kathak Kendra as a student at the age of 11, trained basically under Reba Vidyarthi and is one of the senior most disciples of Pandit Birju Maharaj ji, Malti is known for the lyrical grace and technical precision of her dance. She is top grade artist of Delhi Doordarshan . She has performed in many major dance festivals in India and abroad. Malti Shyam joined the Kathak Kendra on 01.01.1988 and presently she is working as Kathak Guru since August, 2016.
Abhimanyu Lal, son and disciple of renowned guru Geetanjali Lal is recognized as one of the most accomplished kathak dancers. The splendor of his brilliant solo performance has earned him applause both in India and other parts of the world. Hailed as a bright star in the firmament of kathak, Abhimanyu has received acclaim as a dazzling dancer by the media and connoisseurs of arts. He has performed at the highest level in India and abroad in many prestigious dance festivals. He performed for the Tagore poem Shahjahan for Tagore society Singapore 2010, Birmingham international dance festival, and incredible India @60 New York, India festival in Russia, Croetia, Oslo, Netherlands, Canada, Egypt, Switzerland, Fiji Islands and Singapore. He has the honour of performing for the prestigious festivals organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, national institute of kathak, New Delhi and Indian council for cultural relations (ICCR).
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