Born to a family of legal and medical professionals, Saswati took to
dance at an early age. She received her initial training at Delhi’s
Kathak Kendra under the guidance of Smt Reba Vidyarthi. She
received the National Scholarship in Performing Arts and graduated
to become the prime disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj.
Saswati is the proud recipient of the Sangeet
Natak Akademi Award for 2004-5 and also the Sanskriti Award, the Shringar Mani
Award and the Critic’s Recommendation Award. Saswati today is regarded as an
artist with immense versatility and talent and one of the best
exponents of the famed Lucknow gharana.
She has trained a large
number of students, many from overseas. She has acquired the true
style of her mentor and incorporates into her own presentation both
the lyrical grace and rhythmic virtuosity of kathak. However, her forte is
abhinaya which has always received high appreciation.
is the driving force behind Kalashram, Pt Birju Maharaj’s dream
institution and is its Secretary. She also finds time for her
primary avatar as Guru, and teaches the nuances of Kathak to all
seekers. Saswati travels extensively at home and abroad
disseminating the knowledge she has gained over years of dedication and keeps the Kalashram Kathak community together. She has
choreographed several group compositions as well as dance-dramas.
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