Manisha is a dedicated Kathak Danseuse hailing from the Pink City Jaipur, continues to master her art under her Guru Pt. Girdhari Maharaj and Pt. Udai Mazumdar. Manisha has always received praises for her Kathak Recitals as well as her choreographic works.

She is an ICCR Kathak artiste and teacher cum performer for ICC centers at abroad. Gifted with a keen intellect, She is a National Eligibility Test qualifier conducted by University Grants Commission India and she has also presented & published her research articles at esteemed platforms.

She is a National Research Fellow and also has been granted National Senior & Junior Scholarships from Government of India and Merit Scholarship from Jaipur Kathak Kendra. She was honoured by OMI International Dance Residency award, USA in 2007, ISFI Gold Award by International Sufi Festival, Ajmer in 2012 and Youth Icon Award 2014 (Arts), Jaipur, India.

She is also a graded artiste from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and a potential Kathak Artiste for Cirque De Soleil's upcoming productions, Toronto.As a devoted proponent of Kathak, She has also been a Dance instructor for reputed institutions like BharatiyaVidyaBhavan and DPS Society. She has been performing Kathak for more than a decade in various national and International dance festivals and also got interviewed for Art Magazines, Radio and TV Channels.

She has taken part in several dance productions directed by various Kathak Maestros of India and she enthralled audiences, both in India and abroad, with her unique and traditional yet contemporary Kathak renditions.Her National and International sojourns include festivals like, Bali Spirit Festival-Indonesia, Silk Road Projects-Italy, Nanning International Festival-China, Trufesta International Dance Festival-Nigeria, CulturAll-Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Cultural EkotopiaPoland, OMI &High Point University USA, Kathak Mahotsav, Kathak Samaroh, Indian Music & Dance festivals organized by Rajasthan SangeetNatak Academy, NCZCC, ICCR and Government of india. A regular stage and television performer, she is the Ex- Head of Performing Arts Department at Amity University Jaipur, India.

Important International sojourns:

  • International Dance Festival, Poland 2014
  • 'Soulful Sufi' Kathak Choreography on Sufi Poetry, Switzerland 2013
  • Kathak Compositions, Brussels 2013
  • Kathak Compositions, Paris 2013
  • Kathak Workshop at Dance Department, Poland 2013
  • Kathak Recital and Master Classes at High Point University, USA 2013
  • Kathak Recital at Winston City, USA 2013
  • Kathak Recital at Germany, 2012
  • Kathak and Amour by Culturall Europe at Switzerland 2012
  • Kathak and Amour by Culturall Europe at Italy 2012
  • Kathak with Maand at Bali Spirit Festival, 2012
  • ICCR& JNICC Tour at Natyamandal, Indonesia 2012
  • Kathak Recital at Dutch Embassy, Jakarta 2012
  • International Dance convention and Master Classes at Venice 2011
  • International Music Festival, China 2010
  • Trufesta International Dance Festival, and Master Classes at Lagos 2009
  • Kathak Recital at National Theatre, Nigeria 2009
  • Contemporary Kathak at New york, 2007
  • Kathak Recital, Master Class and Dance Collaboration at Ghent USA, 2007

Important National sojourns:

  • Allahabad Music & Dance Festival 2014
  • Kathak Workshop, Trivendrum 2014
  • Noopuradhwani Dance Festival 2014, Trivendrum
  • Thirak Utsav 2014
  • Phagotsav 2014, Govind DevJi Temple, Jaipur
  • 'Geet Govind' Kathak Choreography, Udai Shankar Ballet Festival 2014
  • Kathak Recital, JIM 2014
  • Braj Hori, Jaipur 2013
  • Spring Festival 2013, Jaipur
  • International Sufi Festival India 2012, Ajmer
  • Convocation 2012, Amity University Rajasthan
  • International Sufi Festival India 2011, Ajmer
  • Music Dance Festival 2010, Epic Centre, Gurgaon
  • Kathak Festival 2010, Jaipur
  • Udai Shankar Ballet Festival 2010
  • Kathak Recital organized by Govt. of India at Amber Fort 2010
  • MeeraManas, Jawahar Kala Kendra 2009
  • BabulalPatniSmritiSamaroh 2009
  • All India MP's Conference 2007, Trivendram
  • Kathak Recital at Doordarshan 2007
  • PratibhaUtsav 2007 organised by NZCC, Kota
  • Chaturnag Music Festival 2007
  • Jaipur kathak Festival 2007
  • Rajasthan SangeetNatak Academy Music Conference 2006, Ajmer
  • Jaipur Kathak Festival 2006
  • ICCR Anniversary Celebration 2006, New Delhi
  • Bhatt SmritiSamaroh 2006, Alwar
  • Sabrang Festival 2005 & 2006
  • AIR annual celebration 2001
  • VandeMatram Production under the direction of Pt. BirjuMaharaj 2000
  • Kathak Festival 1999 Indore
  • Indian Army Celebration 1999, Amritsar
  • Rajasthan Day Celebration 1999, 2000 & 2001
  • Kathak Festival 1996, 1997 & 1998
  • Asian Kayaking CoeingChampianship 1999, Bhopal
  • Vindhya Festival 1999
  • Khajuraho Festival 2000
  • DD Jaipur Annual Celebration 1994
  • National Research Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India 2014
  • Youth Icon Award 2014, Jaipur
  • An ICCR Kathak Artiste
  • An empanelled Kathak Artiste for Cirque de Soleil, Toronto.
  • A Doordarshan Graded Kathak Artiste
  • ISFI Gold Award 2012 in Dance by International Sufi Festival India, Ajmer
  • ICCR teacher cum performer for foreign assignments at ICC centres.
  • OMI International Dance Residency Award 2007 U.S.A, the ISFI Gold Award 2012
  • National Senior Scholarship from Govt. of India
  • National Junior Scholarship from Govt. of India
  • Merit Scholarship from Jaipur Kathak Kendra, India
  • Energetic footwork twined with the signature chakkars, Manisha Gulyani ably brought alive the Jaipur style of Kathak. Manisha effortlessly brought those bols to life through her swift footwork and graceful movements. Be it the postures in thaats or the footwork ending on 'sam' in tihais or the continuous spins in between, the presentation was profound...
    WWW.narthaki.com
  • She exudes the poise of an enchantress, whose fluid motions and divine stances could sway you away on a fantastical ride
    New Indian Express
  • Her perfect facial expressions, footwork and hand movements... embellished with the elements of Shuddh Kathak
    Times of India
  • Manisha Gulyani: A poetry in motion
    Hindustan Times
  • Manisha Gulyani's performance was all about poise and grace... impress with her mesmerizing Kathak performance and electrifying dance steps
    DNA
  • Manisha Gulyani, an incredible expressive young kathak danseuse
    Rajasthan Patrika
  • Manisha's powerful footwork and expressive gestures was a treat to watch!
    DainikBhaskar
  • Manisha Gulyani's recital was a wonderful combination of tempo, rhythm and expressions
    Punjab Kesari
  • Manisha Gulyani's attractive presentation of Kathak left the art lovers asking for more.
    News Today
  • Manisha's dance coloured the air of the moment
    Daily News
  • Gulyani portrayed brilliantly the technical and expressional aspect of Kathak dance
    Mahaka Bharat

Pt. Udai Mazumdar

A name which is now creating melodic and rhythmic raptures in uncounted musical concerts all over the globe is Udai Mazumdar.

Udai hails from a family of musicians and fine artistes of Allahabad, India. His father, the Late Partho Sarathy Mazumdar, is among the first-generation of guitarists in the field of Indian Classical music.

A versatile tabla player of the Benares Gharana, and also a composer of great finesse, Udai has over the years, consciously evolved into an evocative and expressive tabla player.

This could also be attributed to his musicianship and sensitive approach both artistically and professionally.

His dedication and commitment to the classical music genre and the time-tested Indian drum has made him equally adept as a soloist and as an accompanist. Udai, thus, naturally aspires to apply his skills to integrate the tabla as part of a musical whole in the performance arena.

As Udai's initial training was in vocal music, it was only natural for him to be attracted towards the nuances of composing but he was also simultaneously drawn to the resonating rhythmic possibilities of the tabla. His first encounter with the tabla was at the age of 7 years.

In 1981, he turned to the eminent Pandit Ashoutosh Bhattacharya, one of the foremost disciples of the legendary Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, to hone his skills.

In 1989, Udai shifted to Delhi to further his musical experience and became the disciple of the world-renowned Sitar Maestro, Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, lived with him and learnt the art of Tabla accompaniment.

Udai has participated in many noteworthy Indian and international festivals, besides playing for and with Pandit Ravi Shankar in different occasions, like performing before the Royal Families of England and Sweden, accompanied Pt. Ravi Shankar together with Ustad Zakir Hussain in a concert to mark Pt. Ravi Shankar's 75th birth year. He is a regular performer on the Indian National Radio and television channels.

Udai's Indian travels have taken him to platforms such as the Durgalal Festival, Delhi, the Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad, Vasantahabba Festival, Bangalore etc.

His international sojourns include the International Folk Festival Hungary, several International Drum Festivals, Germany, several World Music Festivals, Rome, the International Festival for the Chernobyl Victims in Minsk and the International Festivals for Contemporary Music in Mongolia, Odessa, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan.

Udai has also been recorded, aired and interviewed at the above mentioned International Festivals and by Radio DRS, Switzerland, Radio France and the BBC Radio.

Udai also has credits on the CD's "Echoes from India", "Fulfillment", "Reverberations - I", "Musik der Welt Bern" and "ShankaRagmala" (for Pandit Ravi Shankar's 80th Birthday).

Establishing a rapport with music-lovers, Udai has won critical and general acclaim of a wide range of audiences through his memorable performances of the universal language of melody and rhythm.

Based in Basel, Switzerland and New Delhi, India, Udai is seriously engaged in performance, composing and teaching.

Pt. Girdhari Maharaj

A master gifted with creative genius, he has mastered the multiple facets of theatrical art - dance, singing, poetry (sanskrit and urdu), and percussion - different domains that contribute to his pedagogy. He creates with an intuitive spontaneity specific choreographies adapted to the abilities and attitudes of his students. With unmitigated rigour, he takes into deep consideration the talents of his pupils with the goal of encouraging their individual growth. Its in the success of his students, thanks to his generosity, that he achieves a spiritual joy as master artist.

Guru Girdhari Maharaj is today the principal heir of traditional Kathak dance from the Gharana of Jaipur. Initiated by his father, Pandit Lakshminarayanji and by his uncle Pt. Kanhaiyalal, he perfected his art under the tutorage of masters sunch as Pt. Sambhu Maharaj and Pt. Brahmanan Goswami. After having followed advanced courses at the Jaipur Sangeet Santhan for 16 years, he became himself a teacher and created the Kathak Kendra school of Jaipur. He is recognized by the Sangeet Natak Academy of Rajasthan and by the Ministry of Indian Culture as a master of Kathak, and, as such, presents regularly at the University of Jaipur.