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.