Sharing Love and Joy of Dance - The story of Kathak and Odissi dancer Yogini Gandhi

Yogini Gandhi
Sharing Love and Joy of Dance - The story of Kathak and Odissi dancer Yogini Gandhi

Over the centuries, the north Indian classical dance form KATHAK has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas. A dancer who personifies this dance form with her gripping performances is Yogini Gandhi. Yogini has been dancing ever since she was 4 years old. At an age when parents expect the child scoring high at dictations and mathematical calculations, Yogini was focusing on her Kathak moves, being home schooled by her parents. Over these years, she has established herself as a sincere and serious performer of Kathak and has been invited to perform at many prestigious festivals. Having established herself as a Kathak Dancer, Yogini went on to include Odissi in her talent too. She commenced her training with Shri Natbar Maharana in Mumbai and further received guidance from the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra - considered as one of the principal architects of present day Odissi. Yogini is respected as a solo artist who maintains the individuality of both the Kathak and Odissi dance styles. This makes her achievement unique in India"s classical dance arena. She is the founder of ‘Kalanidhi’, where she carries the legacy of Indian classical heritage and nurtures young talents, gives an encouragement to the fact that such classic forms will never fade away…

Quick Facts

Known As Yogini Gandhi
imd1 for Kathak and Odissi Dance
Birthday 12th December
  • "Singaar Mani", by the prestigious Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai
  • Vocational Excellence Award by Rotary International
  • Empanelled artist with the I.C.C.R. Indian Council for Cultural Relations – A Govt of India organization in New Delhi
  • Member of the International Dance Council – UNESCO
  • Top Management Consortium Award for Excellence in the field of Art and Culture
Place / From Pune, Maharashtra
Quote for Life The body sculpts the space, the mind etches the moods, my soul soars in this unison, as I celebrate life through Dance!

Beyond Dance

Favorite Personalities Osho and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Inspirations Nature, other artists and every person who has enriched me in my journey
Food I Love I Love all cuisines
Food I Hate Non- vegetarian / packaged and frozen food and colas
Had I not been Dancer then… A ghazal and thumri singer
Like Vacations at Places with abundant natural beauty
Favorite Pass time Music, Reading, Trekking
Favorite Dialogue Waqt se pehele aur taqdeer se zyada kisi ko kuch nahi milta!!
Favorite Movies / Series NCIS – Naval Criminal Investigative Service and FRIENDS
Favorite Actor / Actress Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi