Hemant Panwar and Vaishali, the Kathak Dancing Duo of Delhi

In conversation with Hemant Panwar and Vaishali, the Kathak dancing duo

The Delhi based dancing duo, have been trained in Jaipur style of Kathak under the guidance of renowned Guru Sh. Rajindra Gangani at Kathak Kendra, a National Institute of Dance located in New Delhi. They have been touring in and outside the country with one goal i.e. to tell the tale of Indian history, myths & to explore the very rich cultural heritage of India by showcasing new, innovative choreographic compositions of the dynamic art form.

Their long stay at Guangzhou grand world Scenic Park in China for almost nine month to interact with public of china by miraculous performances,creating choreographic expositions on Chinese children, conducting workshops are yet a thrilling experience of their life. Their performance at the ‘7th International Cultural Festival’held in Ueno city (Mie Prefecture, Japan) has once again bench-marked their caliber as a duet. They were also invited to participate in the festival ‘Journees Des 5 Continents’ organized by Center de Loisirs et Culture de Martigny, Switzerland. Their performance at the ‘Breminale Festival'(Breman, Germany) can well be cited as an impeccably gripping one as they were invited to perform for three consecutive years. The appreciation given by Italian audience of Porto Antico (Genova) in the ‘Festival Musicale Del Mediterraneo’ which runs by European Forum of Worldwide Music Festival; was an exciting experience of their life. Their remarkable performance on the opening ceremony of Festival of India in Guyana was an attempt to integrate different percussion instruments, like Taasha, Daph and African drum called Jimbae with Kathak dance was very well appreciated by President of Guyana and other dignitaries.

The most interesting feature of Vaishali‘s life is dancing to the poetry of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for which Hemant made the music who incidentally is a vocalist too. This ballet ‘Aao Phir Se Diya Jalaye’ was an experiment to ignite the dormant Human sensibilities transcending one’s mind on to a different plane arousing a feeling of consciousness of belonging to a country as great as India. Forging new directions has led them to London based Director Elizabeth Dobson’s film’The Making of Mahatma’ which is about Gandhi’s personal life, with their dance section Radha-Krishna curling up at significant intervals. Apart from this, they explored the hidden potential of physically challenged ‘Children of the lesser God’ by giving them free training at Academy of Fine Arts & Literature, Delhi. Their Symphony of Power & Grace has earned not only the applause but also the title ‘Singar Mani’ from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai.

Apart from this, Vaishali, a Doordarshan approved artist and empanelled artist of I.C.C.R has widely traveled to Japan, Seychelles, Singapore,Jordan, Oman, Kenya & Thailand for her performance. She was also honored by the prestigious scholarship from Human Resource & Development Ministry, Nrityangana Sri Award, Savitri Kala Sangam Award & President award.

Hemant is recipient of fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource & Development for research project and is among the reference panel of teachers of I.C.C.R. He has mesmerized the audience of Holland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Islands,Croatia, Japan, Kenya & Gulf countries. He has given music to tele-film ‘Allah Tero Naam’, Theater Plays & Documentaries and has also accompanied eminent dancers for vocal support. He has been interviewed on various channels of India & abroad. He taught in Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and also in Salwan Public School. More recently, through his many years of hard work and dexterity, I.C.C.R gave him the privilege of diplomatic status & sent him to Indian cultural center , Georgetown (Guyana) as a teacher of dance and an ambassador to highlight India’s rich cultural dance heritage to the locals.

They teamed up with Bharatnatyam dancers for their fusion shows but retained the strict vocabulary of Kathak. Their experiments withdisparate cultures amazed the public of Germany, Italy, Austria & Switzerland with the dazzling fusion of Spanish Flamenco & their Kathak. In their own soil, they have participated in innumerous festivals.

The duo will remain devoted towards propagation, promotion and perseverance of this remarkable art form.


Hemant Panwar & Vaishali
D-9 College Lane Tilak Bridge
New Delhi – 110001
Tel No. – 011-23355169
Email: hemant_kathak@yahoo.com
Website: www.kathakdanceduo.com