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KAPILA RAJ (SHARMA) A LEGENDARY KATHAK DANCER.

Written By 'अपनी माटी' मासिक ई-पत्रिका (www.ApniMaati.com) on Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 7:46 PM

NRITYA  VIBHUSHAN .  KAPILA RAJ  (SHARMA)  IS  A  VENERATED KATHAK  MAESTRO.  WITH HER IMMENSE TALENT, TOTAL BELIEF IN HERSELF AND THE COURAGE TO FOLLOW HER INTUITION, SHE HAS BECOME A HIGHLY RESPECTED KATHAK DANCER.

K APILA RAJ ( SHARMA) WAS BROUGHT-UP AND TRAINED BY HER GREAT BROTHER-IN-LAW AND GURU, LATE  KATHAKACHARYA  Dr. LACHHU  MAHARAJ, OF LUCKNOW GHARANA,  UNDER GURU-SHISHYA-PARAMPARA, SINCE HER TENDER AGE OF SEVEN YEARS. HER QUALIFICATION ALSO INCLUDES “SANGEET PRABHAKAR” FROM PRAYAG SANGEET SAMITI- ALLAHBAD (U.P) AND “SAHITYA-RATNA”FROM HINDI SAHITYA SAMMELAN (HINDI UNIVERSITY) ALLAHBAD (U.P) IT WAS  HER  TENACITY AND INTELLECTUAL GUIDANCE OF HER GREAT GURU THAT HAS MADE HER  A  LIVING  KATHAK  LEGEND TODAY , A VIRTUOSO  HAS BLAZED  A TRAIL IN  KATHAK, REDEFINING THE ETHOS AND VOCABULARY OF KATHAK BESTOWING IT WITH DIGNITY AND ENRICHING IT WITH A DEEPER AND WIDER  CANVAS OF EXPRESSION AND DIMENSIONS . SHE HAS DEVELOPED HER OWN REPERTOIRE OF KATHAK DANCE WITHIN THE MOULD OF LUCKNOW GHARANA.IN HER CAREER SPANNING MANY DECADES THAT HAS SEEN HER VIRTUOUS DANCES MESMERIZING AUDIENCES IN MORE THAN 10,000 PRESTIGIOUS KATHAK DANCE PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY GOVT. AND NON GOVT ORGANISATION OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTE.

NRITYA VIBHUSHAN KAPILA RAJ (SHARMA) HAS BEEN CONFERRED WITH NUMEROUS AWARDS AND TITLES, FOR EXCELLENCE AND OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO KATHAK. AWARDS AND TITLES CONFERRED UPON HER INCLUDE


         SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY AWARD – (UTTAR PRADESH SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY - LUCKNOW)                                                                

                                                 
         NOMINATION FOR “WOMAN OF THE YEAR” - (AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE INC. USA)

         INCLUSION IN DATA BANK OF EMINENT ARTIST – (MINISTRY OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, GOVT. OF INDIA)

         CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION- (CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT GOVT. OF UTTAR PRADESH)

         SHRINGAR MANI- (SUR SINGAR SAMSAD - MUMBAI).

         SARASWATI SAMMAN – (SUR SINGAR SAMSAD

         LUCKNOW  KI  SHAAN – (DAINIK JAGRAN DAILY NEWS PAPER & RADIO CITY F.M. CHANNEL

                                       LUCKNOW).
         NRITYA VIBHUSHAN – (DHRUPAD KALA KENDRA, INDORE).
         NRITYA SHRINGAR – (PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA, CHANDIGARH).
         GURU VIKRAM SINGH AWARD – (BHARITYA FANKAAR SOCIETY, LUCKNOW).
         SWAMI HARIDAS SANGEET AWARD – (SWAMI HARIDAS CLASSICAL SANGEET AND DANCE COLLEGE)

         NRITYA SHIROMANI – (HARIDAS SANGEET AND KALA APPRECIATION SOCIETY).
         MUNAL SAMMAN  –MUNAL CULTURAL ORGANIZATION.
         UDANT –MARTAND – (ALL INDIAN SAMLL AND MEDIUM NEWS PAPER FEDERATION).

         NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD – (NATIONAL CULTURAL RENAISSANCE).

         GOLD MEDAL – (KAMLA DEVI MAHAVIDYALAYA, RAIPUR).

         “SAMMAN” – KATHAK ACADEMY, LUCKNOW.

         GOLD MEDAL - (PRAYAG SANGIT SAMITI, ALLAHABAD).

         FELLOWSHIP – (NATIONAL YOUTH FOR CULTURAL RENAISANCE).

         FELLOWSHIP – (LACHUCHU MAHARAJ KATHAK ACADEMY).

         VISITING FELLOW – (INDIRA KALA SANGEET VISHWAVIDYALAYA) etc…

                                      CONRIBUTIONS:
KAPILA RAJ HAS PERFORMED WITH REKNOWNED MAESTROS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTE SOME OF THESE INCLUDE:
•           PADMA VIBHUSHAN PANDIT KISHAN MAHARAJ.
•           PADMA VIBHUSHAN PANDIT SAMTA PRASAD (GUDAI MAHARAJ).
•           USTAD WAZID KHALIFA.
•           PANDIT SHARDA SAHAI.
•           USTAD AFAQUE HUSSAIN KHAN. Etc…
KAPILA RAJ HAS PERFORMED IN VARIOUS “BALLETS” AS LEAD ARTIST AND HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED IN DIRECTION OF FAMOUS BALLETS SUCH AS:

•           AMIR KHUSRO.
•           CHANDRAWALI.
•           GAUTAM BUDDHHA.
•           GOKUL KI GALI SANKRI.
•           RADHA PRIYA PYARI.
•           PHAG BAHAR.
•           RAS BHARI KAZARI
•           PANCHWATI.
•           VASANTOTSAV     

                                           HOWEVER HER PALETTE CONTAINS OTHER MEDIA, INCLUDING FILMS AND OPERAS AS WELL AS RESEARCH WORK ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF KATHAK. AMONG FEATURE  FILMS IN WHICH SHE HAS ASSISTED IN DIRECTION TO PADMA-SHREE GOPI KISHAN INCLUDES:-

•           “NAMAK HARAM”
•           “DHUND”
•           “EIK NAZAR” 

                   EXAMINER & EXPERT MEMBER OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE IN DANCE FOR THE POST OF  PROFESSOR AT INDIRA KALA SANGEET VISHWAVIDYALAYA KHAIRAGARH (MADHYA PRADESH).

         EXAMINER OF THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS:

•           INDIRA KALA SANGEET VISHWAVIDYLAYA, KHAIRAGARH, MADHYA PRADESH.
•           KATHAK KENDRA. NEW DELHI.
•           BHATKHANDE SANGEET SANSTHAN. LUCKNOW
•           BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY. VARANASI.

BRIJ SANGEET VIDYAPEETH. MATHURA

         SPECIAL “TOP GRADE” ARTIST OF “DOOR DARSHAN”.

         PARTICIPATED IN VARIOUS SEMINARS OF KATHAK ORGANISED BY GOVT. AND NON- GOVT. ORGANISATION.   

         SPECIAL “TOP GRADE” ARTIST OF “DOOR DARSHAN”.

         PARTICIPATED IN VARIOUS SEMINARS OF KATHAK ORGANISED BY GOVT. AND NON- GOVT. ORGANISATION.

         JUDGE IN THE PANEL OF SCHOLARSHIP. FELLOWSHIP. & AUDITION TESTS FOR DOOR DARSHAN MUSIC COMPETITIONS OF GOVT. AND NON GOVT. ORGANISATION.

         DIRECTED VARIOUS DANCE PROGRAMMES. AND LEAD VARIOUS CULTURAL TEAMS FROM      UTTAR PRADESH TO OTHER STATES UNDER INTER-STATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME OF GOVT. OF INDIA.
                               
                                             

         JUDGE IN THE PANEL OF SCHOLARSHIP. FELLOWSHIP. & AUDITION TESTS FOR DOOR DARSHAN MUSIC COMPETITIONS OF GOVT. AND NON GOVT. ORGANISATION.
       
KAPILA RAJ (SHARMA) IS GURU OF STANDING WHOSE DESCIPLES ARE ADORNING THE WORLD OF CLASSICAL KATHAK THEY HAVE ALSO MADE THEIR REPUTED PLACE IN KATHAK WORLD. SOME OF THESE ARE Mrs. CHAITALI PAL, Mrs. MEENA NANDI, Mrs. PALI SRIVASTAVA, Mrs. ANITA NANDLAL ( MOURISHIOUS), Mrs. ALPANA UPRETI. SHE HAS ALSO IMPARTED TRAINING OF KATHAK UNDER NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME OF GOVT. OF INDIA, TO MS. DEVASHRI CHAKRAVORTI, AND SEVERAL OTHER DESCIPLES.

                     SHE HAS ALSO IMPARTED SPECIALISED GUIDANCE TO Ms. MANDAVI SINGH (KHAIRAGARH), Ms. VIDHI NAGAR ( LUCKNOW),  Ms. ANURADHA DUBEY ( RAIPUR ), Ms. SETHIA ( ART CRITIC- NEW DELHI ), FOR THEIR Ph-D THESIS. SHE HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO PROMOTE “KATHAK” THROUGH HER CONSTANT EFFORTS.

AT PRESENT SHE IS IMPARTING TRAINING OF KATHAK AS THE DIRECTOR OF  KATHAK KENDRA LUCKNOW (UTTAR PRADESH SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY) & PROMOTES THE RICH & RARE ART OF “KATHAK DANCE” WITH THE MOTTO-

“ KATHAK  MY  LIFE ”
“KAPILA KUNJ” 

5/19. VIRAM KHAND. GOMTI NAGAR. LUCKNOW-226010 (UTTAR PRADESH) INDIA

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