Samarpan given to the Kathak art form embodies a profound devotion and surrender, as dancers gracefully offer their talents and emotions to the rhythmic poetry of their movements. The dancers’ unwavering dedication and passion breathe life into the timeless tradition of Kathak, preserving its rich heritage for generations to come.
Kumudini Lakhia (born 17th May 1930) is an Indian Kathak dancer and choreographer based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where she founded Kadamb School of Dance and Music, an institute of Indian dance and music in 1967.
Sunayana Hazarilal Agarwal is an Indian classical dancer, known for her expertise in the kathak classical dance and reportedly the only surviving practitioner of the Janakiprasad Gharana of Kathak, also known as Banares Gharana. The Government of India honored her in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.
Rani Karnaa was an Indian classical dancer, known for her proficiency in the Indian dance form of Kathak, and regarded by many as one of the greatest exponents of the art form. She was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on her the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her services to the field of dance.
Shovana Narayan is a famous and recognized Indian Kathak dancer. She had dual career, in parallel, as a Kathak dance artist and a career officer with Indian Audit and Accounts Service. She performs in India and around the world, and has been awarded the Padma Shri. Her guru is Birju Maharaj.