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
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
GRACHTENFESTIVAL – Amsterdam
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.