Classical Kathak Dancer, Choreographer 

Artistic Director of Anurekha Ghosh and Company & NATMANDIR

Anurekha Ghosh is one of the finest internationally acclaimed award-winning Indian Classical Kathak dancers. Her technique and style is a combination of “tradition and modernity”. She has shown her excellence in Choreography be it in the classical or 

contemporary genre.


    She has been trained in classical Kathak dance, specializing in the Lucknow Gharana since the age of 4 ½ years under the guidance of Smt. Meera Majumdar and Smt. Mousumi Sen in Calcutta, India.  Anurekha moved to the United Kingdom in 1992 and took further training in Kathak with Padmashree Guru Shri Pratap Pawar.  She received extensive training under the renowned Kathak exponent Begum Nahid Siddiqui from Pakistan.  She is also receiving  advanced ‘talim’ from Tabla exponent Pt. Dinanath Mishra of Benaras Gharana and Smt. Madhumita Roy, a senior Kathak exponent and Guru.  She is fortunate to receive in-depth guidance and ‘talim’ from the finest Kathak exponent and Guru Smt. Durga Arya. She learnt the art of Kalaripayattu, a South Indian Martial Arts at CVN Kalari, Kerala under Guruakkal C V Satyanarayanan.  She is also trained in Western Contemporary Dance, Ballet and Yoga in UK. At present she is training in vocal music from Smt. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta in Kolkata.


Anurekha has performed in the major theatres and Festivals all over the world as a soloist or with her company productions.  She has performed in USA, Canada, all over Europe, India, Estonia, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and the UK including Royal Opera House, London, South Bank Centre, London, Madission Square Gardens New York, Festival of FEZ, Morocco (sharing the stage as a soloist with Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anouska Shankar) to name a few. She has choreographed and created many classical and contemporary productions which have received critical acclaim.


Anurekha received the awards for Arts & culture category presented by the Asian women Achievement Awards in collaboration with BBC, The Lisa Ullman Scholarship for Dance and Movement, the Best choreographer for The Place Choreodrome at The Place Dance Theatre UK, Nritya Shiromani, Naatyasaaradhi, Natya Damru, “Tujhe Salaam” by ILEAD (Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata), Nritha Vilasini, REX KARMAVEER fellowship from ICONGO instituted by United Nations, Amravati award, Pandit Arjun Mishra award and Padmavati award, Kala Bhushan award to name a few.


Anurekha collaborated with internationally renowned choreographers like Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia, Akram Khan (UK), Nahid Siddiqui (Pakistan/UK), Shobana Jeyasingh (UK), Mark Baldwin (UK), Andre Gingras (Holland) inviting them to create productions for her company or mentor her in her own choreographic creations.  She has worked with the reputed choreographer Aditi Managldas and performed as a part of the opening ceremony for Commonwealth Games in Manchester.  She was invited by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the ACCR European Cultural Network as a part of the Odyssee Cultural Programme for an artistic residency in the famous cultural centre of La Saline Royale at Arc-et-Senans in France for the development of the creative process towards the creation of a full-length dance production mixing Indian kathak dance and contemporary dance titled “4 Shiva’s Steps’ in collaboration the National Choreographic Centre of Franche Comté and heads of the Via Dance Company, France.


She has danced in the Michael Howell film “FRANKENSTEIN” choreographed by Mark Baldwin, screened on BBC.  Her performance is also featured in the film THE SUFI WORLD. She has given many performances on BBC, Channel 4, French Television, and Indian Television.  BBC world has televised her classical Kathak solo performance of Festival of FEZ in a programme called DESTINATION MOROCCO. She performed is in the music video OUR DESTINY.


 Anurekha has been performing solo classical Kathak recitals, as well as presenting and devising new   contemporary and classical productions for her company.  Her choreographic work includes FLAMES   (1999), THE WHEEL (2001) & THE VEIL (2001), HU (2002), 2 – MELTING MOMENTS (2002- 03) and   RASIKA (2003), ABHISARIKA (2003) BONDED PASSION (2003), GANGES TO NILE (2004), ILLUSION   (2005), RUINS (2005), HUMSAFAR (2006), ANANTH / Infinity (2006),  MUDRA (2007) and NOOR (2007) and MONSOON VOICES (2008), FOOTPRINTS (2009) REVISED MUDRA II (2010) and REVISED   MONSOON VOICES II (2010), PUJA PHOOL (2012), THE SEASON’S GALORE, RITU SAMARAHO, YOU   & I (Based on Rumi’s poems).

 Anurekha has been invited to judge many national level dance competitions in India.  She is an   active  judge for the Nataraj Gopi Krishna awards and All India National Dance competition staged in   Bhilai under the auspices of Nrithyarthi Kalakshetram and Akhil Bharatiya Sanskruti Sangh National   dance competition in Pune.

 Anurekha shares her time in India and the west, teaching classical Kathak to many young aspiring   students across the world, propagating Indian Culture, creating a centre of Artistic Excellence in the   traditional Gurukul System at her institution NATMANDIR.  Many of her disciples have turned into   professional Kathak dancers performing and continuing the legacy with devotion and dedication.  She   has been conducting dance workshops and master-classes in Primary and Secondary schools, Special   Needs schools, Performing Arts colleges and University all across the globe.  She has been imparting   classical Kathak dance training in intensive retreats attended by students from various parts of the   world.

 As a social activist, Anurekha has been whole heartedly connecting dance with burning social issues.   She created dance productions titled “A Letter to the Mother from the Womb” which carried a   powerful message against female feticide and ‘Voice of Femininity’.  Anurekha has been connecting   with several NGO’s caring for mentally retarded children, trafficked girls, Cancer survivors.  She has   been imparting dance therapy training to the beneficiaries from the NGO’s. 

 Anurekha has performed in the major venues and festivals as a soloist or with her company productions in the United States of America, Canada, Europe, India, Estonia, Pakistan Indonesia and the UK, which includes

Madison Square Gardens - New York,

Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall and The Place Theatre - London,

The Lowry - Manchester,

Musee Guimet – Paris,

Festival de Hellin – Madrid, Spain

Festival of Lille 3000 – France,

Festival Musicalla – Nice, France

Festival of Fez of World Sacred Musics – Morocco


World Sacred Music and Dance Festival, De Nieuwe Kerk - Amstedam

Abbey of Sylvanes of World Sacred Musics - France

The Arsenal – Metz, France

World dance and yoga festival in Milan, Italy

Eesti Konzert (Estonia: Presented performances in 3 cities: Tallin, Johnvi, Pamru) in collaboration with Surya TV,

Maison du Livre et de la culture - Bonnieux, France,

Oriental 2006 at Tanzhaus nrw - Düsseldorf, Germany

World Performing Arts Festival - Lahore, Pakistan

Earthquake International Festival, Ireland,

Decibel x.trax Festival held in Manchester

Hidden Garden’s Festival held in Glasgow, Scotland

All India Music and Dance Festival - Kolkata

Kalaghoda Festival – Mumbai

Bharat Bhavan – Bhopal

Uday Shankar Dance Festival – Kolkata

National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) – Mumbai

India Habitat Centre – Delhi

Lucknow Mahotsava, Lucknow

Natrani – Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad

Rabindra Sadan – Kolkata

Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre - Kolkata

Almada Dance Festival – Portugal

Orient Festival – Lisbon, Portual

European Vedic Congress, Germany

IndiaFest in Budapest, Hungary

Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai,

Salt Lake Music Conference, Kolkata,

Pragjyoti Dance Festival, Guwhati

East Kolkata Music and Dance Festival, Kolkata

Kathak Marathon hosted by Padatik Dance Centre, Kolkata

Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia

Dance Festival held at Lotus Temple, Ubud, Indonesia supported by Royal Family

Amravati Festival held in Andhra Pradesh

All India Music and Dance Association International Dance Festival, Kannur, Kerala

Sankat Mochan Samaraho, Benaras

Classical Dance Festival, Shilparamam, Hyderabad

Times of India Festival, Upavan Lake, Thane

Jatis Dance Festival, Tenali

Soorya Festival, St. Louis, USA

3 concerts at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Raga Festival, Michigan,USA

Tansen and Tyagaraja Festival, Houston, USA

Indian Dance and Music Festival, Saskatoon, Canada

41st Music and Dance Conference organized by Vistaar, Kolkata

Riwayat Festival, Kolkata

KathaAngika Festival 2019

Dhwani 2019 organised by Gunjar, Kolkata

Rang Rasiya Mahotsav 2019, Kamani Auditorium, Delhi

Indian Embassy, The Gandhi Centre, Den Hague, The Netherlands

23 Concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland

The Nehru Centre, Indian Embassy Cultural Wing, London

And various concerts and festivals in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bhilai, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Aligarh, Vishakhapatnam, Cuttack, Bhopal.