Tuesday, November 17, 2015



Dr Kum Kum Dhar from Lucknow.

She dances like an angel.Fantastic footwork and timings ..Saw her Kathak dance video.She Dances with energy and elegance.

She is Dr Kum Kum Dhar, professor and currently Vice Chancellor Bhatkhande University of Music ( under UGC) Lucknow .A well known exponent of Lucknow style of Kathak dance in India , Prof Dhar has been awarded Yash Bharati Award this year for her contribution towards promotion of Kathak in the country.The award carries a cash prize of 11lakhs.

Along with her troupe , she has performed in all major cities of the world . Dr Dhar has been trained by renowned Kathak Maestro Lachhu Maharaj(1907-1978).And Lachhu Maharaj is the person who choreographed the immortal dance "THAADE RAHIYO " for Meena Kumari in Pakeeza in pure lucknavi style Kathak . He also choreographed the dance sequence for the song " MOHE PANGHAT PE NAND LAL CHHEID GAYO RE " for Mughal e Azam,

And Kathak Maestro Birju Maharaj is a nephew of Pandit Lachhu Maharaj .

Dr Dhar belongs to a well known Kashmiri family from Lucknow .Her father Sh T N Dhar had been a senior Civil Services bureaucrat in UP and she is the proud grand daughter ( Maternal side ) of well known Kashmiri poet Master Zinda Kaul fondly known as Master Ji. Her sister , Jaya Kitchlu who is now settled in CANADA , served All India Radio. Jaya is a well known singer .

Dr Kum Kum Dhar lives in Lucknow and is actively engaged in training students in Kathak .

(Autar Mota )

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