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Prerana Shrimali

A senior dancer of Jaipur Gharana of Kathak Prerana Shrimali received her training in dance from Guru Shri Kundanlal Gangani. Having mastered the grammar and the complexities of the Jaipur style, with her grace, innovativeness and imagination, she ranks among the most illustrious and reputed classical dancers of India today.

Equally competent in pure dance [Nritta] and "Abhinaya" (Expression), Prerana shrimali has endeavored to expend the Kathak repertoire by choreographing new and highly acclaimed compositions based on poetry, ancient, medieval, and modern. Exploring verses of Kalidas, Amaru, Meera, Kabeer, Padmakar, and Ghalib, French poet Yves Bonnefoy etc. Prerana is a rare Kathak performer who fuses lyricism in virtuosity; blends expressiveness with new insights invents new gestures and intensify "abhinaya" with subtle imagination.

She firmly believes in the open-ended possibilities Kathak offers, particularly of new and complex experiments within the tradition of Kathak. Experiments must not be ephemeral but should survive in tradition itself.

Widely traveled, both in India and abroad, Prerana has featured in all the major dance festivals in India, such as Khajuraho and in many international festivals, such as Festival D'Avignon [France].

She has been teaching Kathak in Delhi for many years and currently also engaged in writing on Kathak and researching on 'Kathak and Abstraction' for which she got Senior Fellowship from Government of India. "She has also worked as the repertory chief of Kathak kendra Delhi for two years." She is the recipient of the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 1993.

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