Padma Shri Dancer carrying the legacy for Manipuri dance since 1958 - The Classical story of Darshana Jhaveri

Darshana Jhaveri

It is a matter of pride to have such rich traditions and different art forms in our country and we are even more fortunate to have an epic artist who with her endurance, talent & dedication made us familiar with rich Indian dance culture. Padma Shri Darshana Jhaveri, a very respected and renowned dancer, researcher & teacher has carried forward the legend associated with Manipuri dance. Her grace, elegance and narration of a story in the dance form leave an enchanting impression. She is the youngest among her four sisters who have together performed on the stage. Jhaveri Sisters were the Founders of the Manipuri Nartanalaya which was established in 1972 to channelize their many fold activities since 1958 along with their Teacher Guru Bipin Singh and Kalavati Devi having centers in Mumbai, Kolkata & Manipur. She is a proficient dancer specialized in Tandava and Lasya elements of Manipuri dance and drum playing. Over the years she has performed nationally & internationally and received several honors. She has even led her contribution in writing articles, editing and written books related to Manipuri dance.

Quick Facts

Known As Darshana Jhaveri
Father’s Name Navneetlal Chunnilal Jhaveri
Mother’s Name Vimla Jhaveri
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Birthday 9 th Jan 1939
  • Padma Shri Award - 2002
  • National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, New Delhi - 1997
  • ‘Swar Sadhana Ratna Award’ 42nd annual Sangeet Sammelan Swar Sadhana Samiti Mumbai - 2007
  • ‘Women of the year’ by American Biographical Institute U.S.A - 2004
  • ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ by Hon’ble Governor, Maharashtra - 2015
  • and many more from Gujarat, Chennai, Assam, Manipur
Place from Mumbai, Maharashtra

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

Beyond Dance

Favorite Personalities Rukmini Devi
Inspirations Swami Vivekananda & Rabindranath Tagore
Food I Love All types of food especially Daal Bati, Khichdi, South Indian
Food I Hate Oily & Spicy food
Had I not been a Dancer then… Never thought of it
Like Vacations at Hill Stations when I was young & my Dance career never took vacations
Favorite Pass time Reading Philosophical topics, Books on yoga