Pallavi Degwekar Shaikh
Pallavi Degwekar-Shaikh’s dance journey began when her Guru, Asha Joglekar, accepted the then ten-year-old as a student of Kathak, a North Indian classical dance form. Hailing from a family of tabla players, rhythm was innate. She grew up listening to her father’s tabla. Stories about her late grandfather abound, she was always amidst doyens of Indian classical music. Her intense Kathak training under her Guru as well as the maestro, Pandit Birju Maharaj and coaching she received in rhythm and rhythmic cycles from the tabla maestro Pandit Suresh Talwalkar led to her obtaining a master’s degree (Alankar) in Kathak, several accolades, titles like ‘Singarmani’ and ‘Nrityangana 99’ and performances at prestigious events in India and USA.
Her recent debut performance at Lincoln Center, NYC in David Geffen Hall for the 11th International Annual Invitational was remarkably splendid and was very well appreciated. She has been training students for a few decades and is the Director of Nrityanjali Arts, a premier Kathak dance school in New Jersey. She is also in-charge of Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Jersey examination center for all five streams (Kathak, Bharatanatyam, vocal, instrument, and percussion).