Shambhavi is internationally recognized as a prolific performer, versatile choreographer and successful teacher (Guru)

Gurus :

Kathak: Her mother – Guru Maneesha Sathe  
Advance training in Indian Rhythm (Laya-Tala) - Padmashree Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar
Vocal music: Guru Mangala Vaidya  

Qualifications :

  1. Masters in Performing Arts ( University of Pune)
  2. Nritya Alankar (M.A.) ( Gandharva Mahavidyalaya) First rank in all India
  3. Bachelor of Commerce (University of Pune)
  4. Diploma in French ( Alliance Francaise de Poona)
  5. Diploma in Sanskrit ( Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth)

Awards and laurels:

  1. Awarded ‘Pu La Deshpande Youth Award’ for achievement in the field of dance in ‘Pulotsava’ a festival dedicated to music and literature, organized in memory of great Marathi writer and playwright Pu La Deshpande
  2. Awarded ‘Bharatashree’ (BartEaI) at ‘Bharatotsava’, national dance festival organized at Hubli, Karnataka
  3. Awarded ‘Nritya Ratna’ at the hands of Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, India
  4. Singaarmani award by Sur Singar Samsad
  5. Recipient of National Scholarship for Dance by Govt. of India
  6. Empanelled with Indian Council for Cultural relations
  7. Member: International Dance Council of UNESCO
  8. ‘A’ grade artiste of DoorDarshan- National TV channel of India
  9. 4 commercial DVDs in International market: Kathak, Nritya Sangam, Pravaahee, TaNaPiHiNiPaJa

International performances :

  1. USA, Canada, Bahrain, Muscat, Singapore, Australia, China, Japan
  2. Conducts annual workshops in USA and Canada since 2008
  3. Interviews and performances aired on TV and Radio Channels in India as well as in USA, Australia, Japan and Singapore

Appointments :

  1. Trustee: Maneesha Nrityalaya Kathak Dance Institute, Pune, India
  2. Faculty (Guru): Center for Performing Arts, University of Pune, India
  3. Faculty (Guru): Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University’s Center for Performing Arts, Pune, India
  4. Committee member: Tilak Mahrashtra Vidyapeeth, Dance Dept., Pune, India
  5. Examiner: Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’s post graduate exam panel, Mumbai, India

Presently working as :

  1. Founder, Director: Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak : Has five branches in India and USA with over 400 students and a staff of 15 teachers trained by Shambhavi

After 20 years of vibrant career in India, Shambhavi has now moved her base to USA. She lives in Mountain View, California with her husband and son and aspires to spread the beautiful art of Kathak in the western world.

Shambhavi Dandekar

Contact: USA:
181, Owens Ct, Mountain View,
California 94043, USA
(+1) 650-641-0752

Contact: India:
870/2A, Rasik, Bhandarkar Road,
Pune 411004, India
(+91) 20-25659636

     Photographs by Vikas Shinde
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