Shambhavi is internationally recognized as a prolific performer, versatile choreographer and successful teacher (Guru)
- Masters in Performing Arts ( University of Pune)
- Nritya Alankar (M.A.) ( Gandharva Mahavidyalaya) First rank in all India
- Bachelor of Commerce (University of Pune)
- Diploma in French ( Alliance Francaise de Poona)
- Diploma in Sanskrit ( Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth)
Awards and laurels:
- 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
- Awarded ‘Bharatashree’ (BartEaI) at ‘Bharatotsava’, national dance festival organized at Hubli, Karnataka
- Awarded ‘Nritya Ratna’ at the hands of Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, India
- Singaarmani award by Sur Singar Samsad
- Recipient of National Scholarship for Dance by Govt. of India
- Empanelled with Indian Council for Cultural relations
- Member: International Dance Council of UNESCO
- ‘A’ grade artiste of DoorDarshan- National TV channel of India
- 4 commercial DVDs in International market: Kathak, Nritya Sangam, Pravaahee, TaNaPiHiNiPaJa
International performances :
- USA, Canada, Bahrain, Muscat, Singapore, Australia, China, Japan
- Conducts annual workshops in USA and Canada since 2008
- Interviews and performances aired on TV and Radio Channels in India as well as in USA, Australia, Japan and Singapore
- Trustee: Maneesha Nrityalaya Kathak Dance Institute, Pune, India
- Faculty (Guru): Center for Performing Arts, University of Pune, India
- Faculty (Guru): Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University’s Center for Performing Arts, Pune, India
- Committee member: Tilak Mahrashtra Vidyapeeth, Dance Dept., Pune, India
- Examiner: Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’s post graduate exam panel, Mumbai, India
Presently working as :
- 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.
181, Owens Ct, Mountain View,
California 94043, USA
870/2A, Rasik, Bhandarkar Road,
Pune 411004, India
‘Horizons’, as the name suggests is about taking the past and present to the future of dance.
As a representative of the young generation of classical dancers, Shambhavi has always felt the urge to attract younger crowd towards classical dance. In fact, it has always been a base line of all her new productions, be it Nritya Sangam (a duet with Bharatanatyam dancer Parimal Phadke) or be it Magic Mélange (a combination of Kathak and western dances in association with Rocky Poonawala). Fusion is the success mantra of the young artistes, but Shambhavi’s fusions stand out as she maintains the solid base of tradition, training (Taleem), authenticity and dignity.
‘Horizons’ has a vast array of compositions, ranging from very traditional to ultra modern. It is very interesting to watch what difference it makes when the most traditional pieces are presented with a dash of new thought, technique and look. ‘Horizons’ is not at all an old recipe served in new style. It is a very strong effort to take a kaleidoscopic review of the past and connect it to the future. It is an effort to try to see the future of dance, a window through which the world tries to have a view of the Indian culture.
‘Horizons’ was launched in 2008 on the auspicious occasion of Guru Pournima. Till date, Shambhavi and her team has performed this magnificent performance in Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Solapur, Bangalore, etc.
‘Horizons’ is presented by Shambhavi and her 15 senior disciples.
It is every parent’s intense desire to see their child perform on stage..
Every student of art strives to follow the footsteps of her Guru and give her best while performing..
‘Shishyad Ichchyet Paraajayam’.. meaning, a Guru is satisfied when her Shishya matches her excellence and attempts even to outshine her…
Kathakotsava is an attempt by Shambhavi to honor the process of learning.
Shambhavi’s mother and Guru Mrs. Maneesha Sathe and Shambhavi’s father and mentor Mr. Rajas Sathe established Maneesha Nrityalaya Kathak Dance Academy in 1975 in Pune, India with a singular aim of spreading this wonderful art of Kathak dance in the younger generation and thereby making them respectable citizens of India. Citizens who are good human beings. Since the inception of Maneesha Nrityalaya, they laid a discipline of an annual performance in which every student will perform. Most importantly, there will be no selection, no audition.
Shambhavi founded the first branch of Maneesha Nrityalaya in 1990, in Ganesh Nagar, Pune. In 2010, she established Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak (SISK). SISK now has five branches in India and USA with over 400 students and a staff of 15 teachers trained by Shambhavi.
Shambhavi comes up with Kathakotsava every year as an offering to her Gurus. The viewers witness the stage being shared by beginner level children with advance level students, with young professionals who are alumni of SISK and of course with Shambhavi herself.
Kathakotsava is an excellent platform on which one can gauge the development of a student from a beginner to a proficient dancer. This annual presentation is known to attain the level of a professional performance which makes it stand out.
When two rivers meet it is called ‘Sangam’
When two styles of Indian Classical Dance come together...
Nritya Sangam brings two classical dance styles; namely Kathak from the North India and Bharatanatyam from the South India on one platform. An interesting play of similarities and contrasts in musical disciplines (Hindustani and Carnatic) and dance….. Shambhavi Dandekar and Parimal Phadke explore the contrasts and similarities between the two styles.
The juxtaposition becomes the forte of Nritya Sangam.
Witness the magic, which Shambhavi and Parimal create on stage. Shambhavi becomes the Laasya (feminine dance) with her soft and graceful dance. Parimal is Tandava (masculine dance) with his firm and energetic dance. Both create fireworks on stage through their rhythmic ‘Sawaal Jawaab’.
Timeless.... Nritya Sangam becomes a metaphor for eternal blend of energy, form and content.
With a rare combination of masculine vigor and feminine grace, the dancers leave the audience awestruck with the blend of the two richest dance styles of India.
Nritya Sangam has dance pieces on traditional as well as modern themes on specially conceptualized and recorded sound tracks (recorded with an orchestra of 10 musicians from Hindustani and Carnatic style). This wholesome performance offers you a wide variety of content ranging from traditional Navarasa to the fusion of Western Music and Classical Dance.
Shambhavi and Parimal have performed Nritya Sangam in more than 40 cities of the United States of America and also in Muscat and China. A commercial DVD of Nritya Sangam is produced by Neelam AV, U.S.A.
Classes in Kathak are conducted at Shambhavi's International School of Kathak throughout the year. (No short term courses are conducted). Special courses are available for international students.
General Classes: Twice a week for one hour. The students appear for the examinations offered by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya every alternate year. Normally, the Graduation course called ‘Nritya Visharad’ takes 12 years to complete. (Just like graduation in any other field.)
Special Classes: Special classes are conducted for international students who want to learn Kathak for a specific time duration. The training is one-on-one.
Classes conducted at :
Branches in Pune, India:
Bharat Kunj Kreeda Sankul
Bharat Kunj Society, Ganesh Nagar,
Near Alankar Police Station,
Timings: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. except Sundays.
Contact: Tejaswini Sathe: +91 90499 80759
Sheetal Lalge: +91 97665 07436
Koregaon Park Branch:
Taarago Activities Centre
North Main Road, Near Lane no. 5,
Timings: 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Contact: Tejaswini Sathe: +91 90499 80759 Shruti Patki: +91 95452 95657
Pulse Dance Studio,
Behind Kaya Skin Clinic,
Timings: 6 t 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Contact: Shruti Apte: +91 99211 42929
Branches in U.S.A.:
Mountain View, California:
Contact: Shambhavi Dandekar: +1 650-641-0752
Contact: Isha Phadke: +1 617-943-6744
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Shambhavi's International School of Kathak
Address in India:
870/2A, Rasik, Bhandarkar Road, Pune 411 004, Maharashtra, India.
Address in U.S.A.:
181, Owens Ct., Mountain View, CA 94043. U.S.A.
Founder and Director: Shambhavi Dandekar. Contact: +1 650-641-0752
Executive Director: Tejaswini Sathe - Contact: +91 90499 80759
Enquiry for Admission:
Kothrud Branch: Sheetal Lalge. Contact: +91 97665 07436
Koregaon Park Branch: Shruti Patki. Contact: +91 95452 95657
Camp Branch: Shruti Apte.Contact: +91 99211 42929
Bay Area Branch: Contact: Shambhavi Dandekar: +1-650-641-0752
Boston Branch: Contact: Isha Phadke: +1-617-943-6744
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