Past Events of Kathak Kendra

27th August, 2016 | Deekshant Samaroh


dikhshant1dikshant-samaroh-2016The convocation Ceremony “Deekshant Samaroh” is an annual event of Kathak Kendra, which is being organised by Kendra since the year 2001. As the name suggests during the event pass out students of various courses like 3-Year Diploma (Hons.), 2-Year Post Diploma and 5-Year Diploma (Tabla) are awarded Diplomas by the Chief Guests on successfully completion of their courses.

Exponents coming from various art fields are invited as Chief Guests to award the Diplomas and give the Convocation address to these Graduates, who even feel much prouder to receive Diplomas from their hands.

This Year Deekshant Samaroh 2016 was organised at Vivekanand Hall, Kathak Kendra, 2, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Padma Vibhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Odissi Dancer Dr. Sonal Mansingh was the Chief Guest who alongwith, Ms. Kamalini Asthana (Chairperson, Advisory Committee, Kathak Kendra), Smt. Rita Swamy Choudhary (Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi) and Shri B.B. Chugh, Director, Kathak Kendra inaugurated the event by Lighting the Lamp.

Kathak Kendra’s students presented Saraswati Vandana under the direction of Shri Rakesh Kumar Pathak, Gayan Prashikshak.

Ms. Kamalini Asthana gave welcome speech and congratulated all the Graduates for their achievements.

Dr. Sonal Mansingh awarded the Diplomas to the Graduates and blessed them for their future in her convocation speech.

Later on few of this year’s Graduates gave performances which included :-

  1. Tabla Solo by Shri Yogesh, Diploma (Tabla) - Final Year, under the direction Guru Nirmal Mondal, Tabla Prashikshak

  2. Shri Shamik Chanda, Diploma (Hons.) - Final Year, under the direction of Guru Krishan Mohan Mishra began his performance with Guru Vandana, afterwards presented some Bandish in “Taal Dhamaar” and finished his performance with an item based on the poem of Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore “Nirjhorer Shopnobhongo”.

  3. Mayuri Vibhute Mahadev, Post Diploma - Final Year, under the direction of Guru Guru Jai Kishan Maharaj presented 13 matras and ended her performance with a Thumri of her Guru.

Smt. Rita Swamy Choudhary gave the Vote of Thanks and concluded the event.

23rd - 25th September, 2016 | KATHAK UTSAV at Allahabad



Kathak Kendra organized its Kathak Utsav in collaboration with Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad on 23 - 25 September, 2016 at Mehta Auditorium, 12-C Kamla Nehru Road, Allahabad the programme was as follows :-

Programme :


  • Ms. Kamalini Asthana, Chairperson Advisory Committee, Kathak Kendra
  • Shri Milan Mukherjee, Chairman Prayag Sangit Samiti

23 September, 2016, 6.00 p.m.

Dviayam   : Presentation by Kathak Kendra’s students

Direction  : Guru Prerana Shrimali

Solo          : Sangeeta Dastidar, Varanasi

Trivat         : Presentation by Kathak Kendra’s students

Direction   : Guru Rajendra Kumar Gangani

24 September, 2016

Duet          : Shivalika Kataria & Vishvdeep

Solo          : Jyotika Joshi, Singapore

Taleem      : Presentation by Kathak Kendra’s students

Direction   : Guru Krishan Mohan Mishra

25 September, 2016

Tarana       : Presentation by Kathak Kendra’s students

Direction   : Guru Jai Kishan Maharaj

Duet           : Vaibhav Krishan Maharaj & Vasudev Krishan Maharaj, Mumbai

Taal Varna & Bajaat Taal : Presentation by Repertory Kathak Kendra

Direction    : Guru Jaikishan Maharaj

15th - 17th October, 2016 | KATHAK UTSAV at Jaipur

Kathak Kendra organized its Kathak Utsav in collaboration with Jaipur Kathak Kendra on 15-17 October, 2016 at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Rangayan Auditorium, Jaipur the programme was as follows :-

Programme :


  • Ms. Kamalini Asthana, (Chairperson) Advisory Committee, Kathak Kendra

Morning special session at 11.00 a.m.

Lecture - Demonstration by Senior Gurus Kathak Nritya ki Lokpriyta ke Pahaluo Par”

  • Shri Krishan Mohan Mishra - Lucknow Gharana
  • Ms. Nalini – Banaras Gharana
  • Shri Jayant Kastuar - Jaipur Gharana

Evening Programme :

15th October, 2016, 6.00 p.m.

Solo  : Jyoti Singh, Delhi

Solo  : Sumedha Gupta, Khairagarh

Group Choreography “Samagam”  : Students of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi

Direction  : Guru Rajendra Kumar Gangani

Group Choreography “Ritu Chakra” : Students of Jaipur Kathak Kendra

Direction  : Smt. Rekha Thakker (Grishm Ritu Direction – Shri Rajkumar Javda)

16th October, 2016, 6.00 p.m.

Duet  : Rekha Thakker & Rajkumar Javda, Jaipur

Solo  : Harish Gangani, Delhi

Solo  : Ren Pahari (Bassi), Delhi

Group Choreography “Nachat Sudhang”  : Students of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi

Direction  : Guru Prerana Shrimali

17th October, 2016, 6.00 p.m.

Solo  : Shahbaz Sheikh, Mumbai

Solo  : Sarita Kalele, Thane

Group Choreography “BaajatTaal”  : Repertory Kathak Kendra, New Delhi

Direction  : Guru Jai Kishan Maharaj



28th October, 2016 | Presentation “Ramayan”




The first presentation of the its newly formed Repertory on the eve of Deepawali ‘Ramayan’ on 28th October, 2016 at Vivekanand Auditorium, Kathak Kendra, 2 San Martin Marg, Chankyapuri, New Delhi 110021 in the Direction of Guru Jai Kishan Maharaj.

28th November, 2016 | Visit of Chineese Delegation

2016-5-R (190) 2016-5-R (152)A High Powered Delegation of Music & Dance led by Beijing Dance Academy, China visited Kathak Kendra on 28 th November, 2016 morning to preview Kathak Dance classes and also witnessed the performances of the Repertory. The names of the delegates are:-

  • Ms. Deng Youling (Vice President of Beijing Dance Academy and Principaly of the Research Center for MinZu Dance)
  • Mr. Gao Du (Chief Expert of the Research Center for MinZu Dance)
  • Ms. Y an Jing (Deputy Director of Research Office)
  • Ms. Chang Yiyun (Secretary of the Research Center for MinZu Dance)

Delegates also exchanged their views with Kendra’s Gurus, Director and Chairperson of the Advisory Committee, Kathak Kendra

2nd January, 2017 | Stambkaya




On the eve of New Year, Kathak Kendra organized a programme “Stambakaya” on 2nd January, 2017. The items namely Aum, Chaturvarnaa, Thumri Malika, Taal Varnaa, Utsav  were presented by the Artist of Kendra’s Repertory namely:-Ms. Jaya Bhatt, Ms. Shipra Joshi, Ms. Anupama Kaushik, Ms. Nilakshi Khandkar, Shri Vishvadeep, Shri Mukesh Gangani and Shri Avinav Mukherjee.


Choreographed By : Guru Jai Kishan Maharaj

Chairperson, Kathak Kendra grace the function.

9th & 10th January, 2017 | Presentations - JNMDA Group

Kathak Kendra, New Delhi in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal organized two amazing evenings of choreographic presentations by the JNMDA group on 9th & 10th January, 2017.  The event was organized as a part of the Cultural Dance Exchange Programme in between Kathak Kendra & JNMDA at Vivekanand Auditorium, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.On the 1st day the group presentation Three beautiful compositions : Maibi Jagoi, Thougal Jagoi, Dhol Dholok Cholom & Thang Ta by student of JNMDA.

On the Second day they continued with different items in Thang Ta followed by Pung Cholom & Raas Leela by students of JNMDA.

It was a delightful experience for all the students at Kendra to get a beautiful insight of this amazing dance form.

11th & 12th March, 2017 | Rangotsav

‘Rangotsav’, a 2 day festival was organized marking the celebration of colours in Kathak Kendra premises at 2 San Martin Marg, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi on 11th & 12th March 2017. “Hori Dhoom Machyo Ri’ literally escalated the wonderful spirit and enthusiasm of Holi amongst the audiences through its beautifully designed outdoor sets, music, dance & choreography.

This Dance Drama presentation was done by Kathak Kendra Repetoire and also the students of the Kendra. Concept & Music by Pt Birju Maharaj, Choreography by Jai Kishan Maharaj.


27th, 28th & 1st March, 2017 | Kathak Mahotsav

Kathak Mahotsav being the prime festival, marks the annual celebration of Kathak at the national level. It is an attempt to bring the kathak fraternity under one umbrella. This year the festival was conceived in a manner to bring to you some exquisite fragrances from artists across styles, regions and generations depicting the Antique Traditional Aspects of Kathak i.e. Kathak Nritya ki Purani Parampargat Rachnaien. In addition to the beautiful evening performances, 2 days morning session of ‘Baithki Bhaav’ is also being presented by some renowned kathak gurus such as Smt Kumudini Lakhia ,Smt Shashi Sankhla, Smt Nandini Singh & Shri Ashok Maharaj at the Vivekananda Auditorium.
27, 28 & 1st March, 2017 at Kamani Auditorium.
Names of Artists are as below:
Nandita Puri-solo
Mata Prasad & Ravi Shankar Mishra- Duet
‘Vivaksha’ by disciples of Prerana Shrimali
Ravi Shankar Upadhyay- Solo Pakhawaj
V Anuradha Singh-solo
Malti Shyam & Shailja Bisht- Duet
‘Guru Bin Aisi Kaun Kare’ by disciples of Rajendra Gangani
Kukum Dhar- solo
Amira Patankar & Avani Gadre-duet
‘Paramparik Kathak Nritya’ by disciples of Jai Kishan Maharaj
‘Swayambhu’ by Kathak Kendra Repertory