Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Dr Shovana Narayan

Dr Shovana Narayan

website: www.shovananarayan.com

Shovana Narayan (Padmashri) is today, a venerated Kathak Maestro of India and an outstanding dancer ‘par excellence’. She has also become a living legend who has blazed a trail in Kathak, re-defining its ethos and vocabulary, bestowing it with dignity and enriching it with a deeper and wider canvas of expression and dimensions.
 
The last three and half decades have seen her mesmerizing audiences in several national and international festivals in India as well as abroad. One of the foremost and most celebrated disciples of the maestro, Pt. Birju Maharaj at Delhi, Shovana was initiated into Kathak as a child at the tender age of four, by the well-known dancer-actress of yester-years, Sadhana Bose at Calcutta and by Guru Kundanlal at Bombay. Her style represents a crystallisation of combined techniques acquired from the sophisticated elegance of the Lucknow gharana and the rhythmic precision of the Jaipur school. Her approach also bears the stamp of a mind influenced by the cultures of the world, projecting an individualistic attitude to the dance form that bring new pictures to the mind.
Shovana’s disciples are adorning the world of classical dance. She has also worked in collaborations with nationally and internationally known Indian and western dancers and musicians. However, Shovana’s palette contains other media, including films and operas as well as research works on the development of dance in general and particularly Kathak. Among the films is ‘Dance of the Temples’ based on Khajuraho.
 
Shovana has authored several (10) books on the subject of dance and is also a visiting lecturer to several Universities in India and abroad. She also holds two annual festivals 2 well known annual Festivals for the past several years, one featuring the famous maestros and the other Festival ‘Arpan’ providing a platform to the young, unknown but talented future torch-bearers of the tradition. Shovana’s Asavari group is credited with many path-breaking works. Her life and her works have made her a role model and peer for the younger generations.