Padma Shri Shovana Narayan gave wings to dream of Guru and Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj - Know the story of ‘Kathak Queen’

Shovana Narayan
Padma Shri Shovana Narayan gave wings to dream of Guru and Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj - Know the story of ‘Kathak Queen’

A Kathak maestro, an outstanding dancer, a profusion of expressions, respected as the ‘Kathak Queen’ of India; Shovana Narayan, the Padma Shri Awardee artist represents a bravura, which is the manifestation of Kathak dance techniques learnt from the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj and Guru Kundan Lal. Much like her guru, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shovana is famous as both performer and a guru. She has been the wings for Pandit Birju Maharaj’s dream of making Kathak an internationally recognizable dance form. Her efforts to fuse Kathak with other major dance forms like Western Classical Ballet, Tap dance and Spanish Flamenco are exceptional. She has imbedded the various cultural connotations of Kathak. Juggling between the career in dance and civil service, she has given equal justice to both and excelled. She is pioneered and taken as a role model by today’s youth. A living legend in the field of art, she has worked with many famous musicians, dancers and some of her excellently choreographed works like ‘Moonlight Impressionism’ and ‘The Dawn After’ have been very successful in bringing out the essence of dance.

Quick Facts

Known AsShovana Narayan
DOB2nd September 1950
Father’s NameK.D. Narayan
Mother’s NameLalita Narayan
imd1 for Kathak, Dance
  • Padma Shri Award - 1992
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - 2001
  • Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence - 1992
  • OISCA Award of Japan, 1990-91
  • Rotary International Vocational Award - 1992
  • Delhi Govt Award of ‘Parishad Samman’ - 1992
  • Bihar Gaurav Puraskar - 1987
  • and Many More…
Place / From Delhi (originally the family hails from Bihar)
Your Quote for Life Appreciate life which is full of diversity & colors. Live your life to the fullest. Whatever you take up do it with dedication, honesty & integrity.

Team imd1 had a chat with her a few days ago, read on to know her further!

Beyond Dance

Favorite PersonalitiesMahatma Gandhi
InspirationsBhagwat Gita
Food I Love Dal Chawal
Food I Hate Heavy spicy masala food
Like Vacations atWhere ever my family goes
Favorite Pass timeReading, listening to music, sketching & walking
Favorite DialogueDekhi zamane ki yaari, Bichhde Sabhi Bari Bari
Favorite Movies / SeriesKaagaz Ke Phool