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October 11, 2021

Kathak is not an antiquated dance from India. Kathak is about today! Kathak is not an antiquated dance from India. Kathak is about today! In this talk, Shivani Varma describes how Kathak can tell today's story as beautifully as it can keep the past in its collective subconscious simultaneously. Shivani Varma is a performing artiste training in the Indian classical dance form, Kathak, since childhood. She is the disciple of Guru Shovana Narayan, and is an empanelled artiste with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She is a disciple of Guru Shovana Narayan. She is currently receiving advanced training under the guidance of Pt. Birju Maharaj in Delhi. Her early training was by Guru Manish Gangani and later by Guru Tirath Ajmani.

She was awarded the ‘Swayamsiddha Samman’ for her contribution to the field of classical dance in April 2019. In May 2017, she was awarded for her singular contribution, as a dancer, to the cause of harmony by the India Harmony Foundation. A recipient of the ‘NavKiran award’ in 2013, Varma has had the honor of performing for her country at both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi in 2010.

Varma has performed at the legendary classical dance festivals of Khajuraho, Konark and Hampi. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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