Kathak danseuse Rajeshwari Kumar received her taleem under the aegis of Kathak exponent Guru Pt. Rajendra Gangani of Jaipur gharana. She received her post graduation degree in 2002 from Kathak Kendra, which is the only recognized Kathak training centre in India by Ministry of Art and Culture, New Delhi. She was awarded with title ‘Shringar Mani’ by esteemed Sur Shringar Sansad in Mumbai.
She has performed at several National and International platforms in countries like UAE, USA, UK and a few more.
- Muscat, Abu Dhabi
- Doha (Second troupe, a great country fair for one month in 2003)
- Reykjavik (Capital of Iceland, performed with a dance troupe at a function in honor of President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Azad)
Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance
The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers.The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means “story”, and Kathakar which means “the one who tells a story”, or “to do with stories”.Wandering Kathakars communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music.Kathak dancers tell various stories through their hand movements and extensive footwork, but most importantly through their facial expressions. Kathak evolved during the Bhakti movement, particularly by incorporating the childhood and stories of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as independently in the courts of north Indian kingdoms.