Shama Bhate

Shama Guru Shama Bhate’s work spans over 35 years as a performer, teacher, choreographer, artistic director, and thinker. Her personal idiom, evolved over the years, is an amazing blend of virtuosity (tayyari) and sensitive expressions (abhinaya), revealing the high degree of classicism.

Guru Shama Bhate is the Director of a unique institute – Nadroop – based in Pune. Nadroop has completed its fruitful existence of twenty years and has brought out many out-of-the-box projects for its silver jubilee celebration like,

‘Swa-Abhivyakti’, where leading Kathak dancers expressed and shared their own perceptions.
Roop-Bandh Festival – Young, proficient dancers from different dance styles presented their work.
Sansmaran- An overview of Guru Pandit Mohanraoji Kallianpurkar’s contribution to the Kathak world. Mohanraoji’s disciples, scholars and family members participated to pay tribute to this Legendary Kathak Maestro.

Taleem - Guru Shama Bhate herself is a principle disciple of Guru Smt. Rohini Bhate, the doyen of Kathak. She was also blessed with special insights from Kathak Samrat Pt. Birju Maharaj and Pt. Mohan Rao Kallianpurkar.. She has created her own idiom of Kathak dance, blending it with special inputs in ‘Taal’ and ‘Laya’, from
Pt. Suresh Talwalkar.

As a Guru - Over the years, Guru Shama Bhate has trained (from the very basic to the advanced stages) numerous professional Kathak Dancers who are performing and teaching independently both in India and abroad. She is functioning as a Guru in many universities – Lalit Kala Kendra – Pune, Nalanda College – Mumbai University, Bharat College – Nagpur University, Bharati Vidyapeeth – Pune. Approximately thirty of her students have acquired a post-graduate degree from various universities under her guidance. It is indeed very rewarding to mention that, as many as 12 students have been awarded the HRDC National scholarship for the seniors, and also CCERT scholarship for youngsters.

Positions Held - Guru Shama Bhate has held many important positions and has contributed to those institutes by her original point of view. To mention a few:

Member of the Advisory Committee of Sangeet Natak Akademi since, 2015.
Member of the Advisory Committee of Kathak Kendra, Delhi since 2010.
Guru at Avartan Gurukul, Pune.
Appointment as a PhD Guide by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune 2014.
Advisor at the Multiversity Dance Gurukul, since 2013.
Advisor and Member of Governing Council, M.I.T- VishwashantiGurukul, since 2013.
Visiting Faculty at Flame, Pune since 2012.
Examiner for PhD candidate- A.B.G.M.V. Mandal, Vashi – Mumbai-June 2013.
A member of selection committee-Khajuraho Dance Festival, 2013.
Member of the Advisory Board of Goa Kala Academy, Goa, until 2012.
Founder Director and Guru at ‘Nad-Roop’ – a School Of Kathak Dance and Music in Pune, India since 1987 till date.
Appointment as a Guide for Ph.D. Students of University of Pune in Classical Dance.
Visiting Faculty, Department of Performing Arts, University of Pune, and also for practical Training in Kathak Dance-Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune.
A member of Board of Studies – Lalit Kala Kendra –Pune University.
Member of the Syllabus Committee – Pune University, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, Goa Kala Academy, ABGMV Mandal, K.k.Wagh University – Nasik.
Visiting Professor at Kathak Dept.—Nalanda Dance Research Center, Mumbai University, until 2015.
Visiting Professor at Kathak Dept. Bharat College – Mumbai.
Visiting Professor at Performing Art School –BharatiVidyapeeth- Pune.
Visiting Expert -Kala academy – Goa, until 2016.
Examiner for B.A. and M.A. (Dance) examinations from 1974 till date.
Teacher and Secretary in Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy, Pune 1970-1980.

As a Performer - Guru Shama Bhate has performed at many prestigious festivals at Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Bangalore, Nasik, Lucknow, Jaipur et al. Her graceful performances have acquired a special place in the hearts of music and dance lovers.
Guru Shama Bhate has travelled extensively to the USA, Canada, Europe, Turkey, Malaysia, and Singapore. She is invited to perform solo as well as in group compositions.


Dance festival, Bangalore 2019
Amritanjali Dance Festival , Pune 2019.
Articulate Dance festival, Mysore 2018.
Chidambaram Festival, 2018 as a tribute.
Gopikishan Jayanti Mahotsav, 2017.
Performance & Lecture on ‘Thumri’ in Mumbai, Dept. of Music, University of Mumbai, January 2017.
Opening performance at the 1st Maharashtra State Nritya Sammelan, Pune, January 2016.
‘Vaicharik Kumbh’ , a conference on ‘Science & Spirituality’, Bhopal, 2016
International Nritya Parishad held in Pune.
Chennai Theosophical Society, 2015
‘Vidushi Sangeet Sammelan’ organized by Madhukans, October 2012.
‘Anugraha’, festival organized by SanskarBharati,2012.
Yashwant Maharaj Pratishthan, Satara,2012.
‘Anawarat’- tribute to Guru Pt.Rohiniji Bhate, Indore,2012.
‘ShraddhaSuman’, a festival organized by Talayanas a tribute to late Guru Kishan Maharajji, Pune, 2011.
Performance at Mumbai titled ‘Oorja’, 2011.
Performance for Shivanand Sangeet Pratishthan, Dombivali, 2011.
Performed in Mumbai at the ‘Raindrops Festival’ , 2010.
Performed at the AundhMahotsav, Aundh (Satara), 2009.
Solo performances on invitation at Major Music Conferences across India at venues like Mumbai, New Delhi, Lucknow, Miraj, Pune, Goa, Bhopal, Hubli, Nasik, Kolhapur, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Jalgaon and Bangalore over the years.
Performed in Jaipur on invitation from Kathak Kendra – Jaipur in 2006.
Performed in Lucknow on invitation from Kathak Kendra – Lucknow in 2005.
Performed at Mumbai in Dec 2003 under the aegis of the International Federation of Architects / designers.
Performance organized by the Rotary Club of Thane Dist. at Thane in Oct 2003.
Invited by Pt. Kelucharan Mohapatra’s ‘Srijan’ to perform at Bhubaneshwar in Sept 2003.
Performed at Indore in Feb 2003 in Pt. Suresh Talwalkar’s ‘Taal Yatra’.
Performed at Latur in Feb 2003.
August 2002 Tour of Maharashtra (Pune, Nasik, Latur, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nagpur and Mumbai) with students and Austrian musicians presenting ‘Rhythm Collage’
“GopikrishnaJayantiMahotsav” Nasik, “Pt. DurgaLal” Festival, the PimpriChinchwad Festival and also in Bangalore on invitation by Natya Institute of Choreography in the year 2001.
“Perspective” Pune 1999.
Pune festival and Kathak Festival (Pune), 1998.
Performed a Comprehensive Kathak Presentation i.e. “Trividha” with other dancers from different Gharanas in the year 1994 and also in “Pancharati” the inaugural item of Pune Festival, which was a combination of Kathak and Bharatnatyam, directed by Guru. Smt. Rohini Bhate in 1999.
“Jugal Kathak”- Dance duets with Pranati Pratap 1980-1988.
Member of the Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Troupe 1965-1980.


Performance tour at Israel with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, a collaboration with Chen Zimbalista 2017.
Performance tour under ICCR at Doha, Qatar 2017.
Performance at the Busan International dance Festival, South Korea 2015.
‘Confluence’ – presentation of the choreography ‘Peed parayi Jane Re, based on the life of Kasturba Gandhi – together with the Upper Austrian Jazz Ensemble led by Manfred Paul Weinberger, 2013.
Project for school children – Worked on a folk tale – The Dragon Killer in Austria -2009.
Choreographed a dance piece – River Dance for Youth Jazz Orchestra.2009.
Taught a workshop in Maribhor – Slovenia, Dresden- Germany and Weinberg Castle Upper Austria in Nov 2008.
Presented a Jazz music project ‘Rhythm Field’ in Austria and Germany with Manfred Weinberger. Held workshops in Slovenia, 2007.
International Kathak Festival at San Francisco USA, 2006.
Performed in Austria in a Jazz music project named “Treading the Unknown” with Manfred Weinberger (Austria) and Don Thompson (Canada), 2006.
Europe Tour with TrilokGurtu and the “Glimpse”, 65 performances all over Europe.
Concert tour in Malaysia in April 2004 with students.
Concert tour in Singapore in Dec 2003 with students.
Concert tour in Austria in Nov 2003 with students.
Performances in Austria and Italy with students doing collaborative work with Jazz musicians of Akku, Austria (February 2002).
Performances in Instanbul, Turkey with Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and TrilokGurtu in 1997.
Performances in European Capital Cities, 1982.
USA tour with performances in 45 cities, and Canada with performances in 20 cities in the year 1980.
Srilanka tour with Government Delegation, 1974 with Guru Smt. Rohini Bhate.

Awards & Accolades

Received the Shri Kundanlal Gangani Award, 2019
Received the ‘Rohini Bhate Puraskar’ by the Pune Municipal Corporation, 2018
Received ‘Times Power Woman’ 2018 by the Times Group
Received the ‘Bundeli Gaurav’ at the Damon Mahotsav 2018
Received the ‘Nehru Yuva Kendra Puraskar’ Krida mantralaya. 2018.
Received the Y.U.V.A Puraskar on International Women’s Day, 2018 for her invaluable contribution to Kathak.
Received the Kathak Samarpan Puraskar 2016 by Nilima Nrityalay.
Received the Puraskar by Pune Municipal Corporation 2015.
Received the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Rajya Puraskar – 2011’ conferred by the Maharashtra State Government.
Received the ‘Sri Durga Mata Shakti Puraskar’ in 2011 from Paramhans Swachandananda Seva Pratishthan.
Received ‘Jyestha Guru Sanmaan’ by Madhurita Sarang School.
Received the ‘Kala Darpan Puraskar’ in 2012.
Received the ‘Kala Samvardhan Puraskar’ by Krishna Mulgur Smriti Pratishthan, 2012.
Received the ‘Kala Gaurav Puraskar’ by Kalanidhi, 2013.

Choreographic Work

Guru Shama Bhate’s choreographic work is extensive. She has experimented in both; traditional as well as contemporary format. She has created a number of traditional and classical compositions -Taals, Taranas, Thumris etc with her own perspective. For instance, Trishul (a blend of Taal cycles of 9, 10 and 11 beats); Samvaad (domuhi composition), Layasopan (traditional Kathak sequence presented through Panch Jatis). She chose to work with different art media like Paintings from the famous painter S. H. Raza, or Poetic work of German poet Goethe or French poet Baudlaire. She has worked with different composers of World music and Jazz music. She innovatively combined the stage space and the screen space by using excerpts from the Oscar wining French documentary ‘Le Monde Du Silence’.
Few of her choreographic creations:

Stri Man Ki Anchuyi Gehraiya

A production honouring the compassion of womanhood.

Echoes of inner voice

An attempt to explore the deepest recesses of the human mind.

Chaturang Ki Chaupal

An innovation production, steeped into the richness of tradition.

Kathak Infinite

A wide spectrum of sixty proficient dancers, blending classicism and grandeur.

Nirakar Sakar

Tribute to Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and his immortal music. An attempt to touch the intangible and abstract musical spirit in a tangible manner through a visible expression!

Confluence…Peed Parayi Jaane Re

Integration of spontaneity and invigorating sounds of Jazz, with serene flowing lines of Kathak. Based on life story of Kasturba Gandhi -an extraordinary woman of great integrity, an epitome of courage, wisdom and humanity.

Yatra Naryastu Pujyante

The story of increasing oppression of Indian womanhood through ages. A depiction of the sharp contrast, the progress of mankind and corresponding pitfall of the plight of the woman.

Nishabda Bheda

Exploring Silence in the deep ocean…Exploring Marine vegetation, Marine space, Marine life etc.

Naad Bindu

Kathak dance and the paintings of S. H. Raza share two concepts which were the fundamental inspiration of this choreography.

Rhythm Collage

A collage of spaces, rhythmic compositions, concepts and mainly music aesthetics of the West and the East.

Baudelaire’s Poems

A trilingual work. The choreography tries to get into the mind, psyche and persona of this great poet.

Krishna Gaan

This choreography deals with the ‘Saundarya’ and ‘Shringar’ aspects of Krishna`s life. The whole choreography is an ‘Anandotsava’.

Arghya – Parinati

An attempt to meet up with a challenge of retaining the core values of tradition, while sticking to the classicism and yet presenting that with modern sensitivity.


Remembering a Musical Genius named Pt. Dinkarji Kaikini through a representation of the rare combination of lilt and lyricism in the verses, a musicality in his rhythm renditions and the fragrant earthiness of Lucknavi.


‘Ritu Samhar’ – exploring the beauty of the seasons through classical compositions, and their rendering in Kathak.
‘Tanotu Nah Shiva Shivam’ – celebrating the spirit of the ‘Nataraja’.
‘Nrutyavasant’ – compositions of the great Pt.Vasantraoji Deshpande through Kathak, 2016
‘Mahabharat Reinterpreted… Ateet ki Parchhaiyan’- the legendary epic of Mahabharat retold through a dance drama featuring 7 classical dance styles.
‘Chala Vahi Des’ – a dance ballet based on Bhajans on Saint Meera in the divine melodious voice of Bharat Ratna Latadidi Mangeshkar.
Saransh – a Kathak Musicscape – manifestation of Hindustani, Carnatic, World music through Kathak.
Parampara ke Padachinha – upholding the richness & depth of tradition.
Krishna – The Liberator – a traditional theme rendered with contemporary sensitivity… a choreography in praise of Lord Krishna as a Liberator from pollution, injustice, deprivation, redundant traditions and worldly temptations.
Sumiran- remembering a Musical Genius named Pt. DinkarjiKaikini through a representation of the rare combination of lilt and lyricism in the verses, a musicality in his rhythm renditions and the fragrant earthiness of Lucknavi.
‘Kathak Infinite’ – the traditional Kathak repertory choreographed with 60 dancers, uniting classicism and grandeur.
‘Niraakaar-Saakaar’ – a choreography based on compositions of Late Swarabhaskar Pt. Bhimsenji Joshi for the prestigious ‘SawaiGandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011’
Choreographed the kathak part for Dr.KanakRele for ‘Vitthala’, performance by students of Nalanda University‘,2012.
‘Yatra Naryastu Pujyante’ – a choreography based on female foeticide for Gandhi Smriti and DarshanSamiti, Delhi, 2011.
Choreography named ‘Bhajantrayee’, for the inauguration of Bhimsen Joshi Kaladalan,Pune, 2011.
Choreography on German poems by poet Goethe for Max Mueller Bhavan, 2010
Choreography named ‘Peed Parayi Jaani Re’- a dance ballet on the life of Kasturba Gandhi for Gandhi National Memorial Society, 2010
Choreographed a dance piece for a ‘Sound and Light Show’ to be projected at the Purana Qila, Delhi , 2010
Choreography on the English poems ‘A Photograph’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Vanity’ for International Women’s Day, 2010
Choreography on music compositions of Trilokji Gurtu for ‘Vasantotsav’, 2010
Choreographic presentation ‘Parinati’ , 2010
Choreographic presentations ‘Arghya’ and ‘Parikrama’
Choreography named Unity in Diversity for CCERT scholars, 2007.
Samagra Roopak – Dwidal, 2007.
Nishabd–Bheda, 2006.
Unity in Diversity, 2005.
Nad Bindu, 2004.
Tanotu Na Shiva Shivam, 2004.
Samvad, 2004.
Krishnakathi, 2004.
Jigsaw, 2004.
Aastha, 2004.
Reflection, 2003.
French Poems, 2002.
Rhythm Collage, 2002.
Hori Ke Rang, 2002.
Krishnagaan, 2001.
Durga Durgati Nashani, 2000.
Encounter, 1999.
Perspective, 1999.
Malhar, 1999.
Aadi shakti Bhagawati, 1999.
Layodghosh, 1998.
Durgam Trinetram Bhaje, 1998.
Resonating Bells, 1997.
Krishnalok, 1997.
Design10, 1997.
Rasarang, 1996.
Hori a solo choreographic composition, 1991.
Avarta, 1975.
Colours, 1974.
Tribhanga Paryaya, 1971.
Atoms, 1969.
Numerous Nritta items in various Taals such as, Teentaal (16beats), Jhaptaal(10beats), Rupak(7beats), Mattataal(9beats), PanchamSavari(15beats), Dhamar(14beats), Tarana’s, Bhajan’s, Thumri’s, Hori etc and a no. of choreographic compositions like Hori, Trivat, Tarana Dhun etc.


Space studio , Bangalore 2019
PVP College of Architecture, Pune, 2018
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Noida, 2017.
Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerece on Mythology, 2017.
MIT College of Design, Loni, 2017.
‘Vaicharik Kumbh’ , a conference on ‘Science & Spirituality’, Bhopal, 2016
Nagpur on Kathak, January 2016.
Interview on Kathak by Jayashree Bokil at the Patrakaar Bhavan, Pune, 2016
South Central Zone, Nagpur, 2016.
Symbiosis College of Arts on ‘Mythology in Indian Classical dance’, September 2016.
Kathak for Sociology Dept, University of Pune, 2015.
Dance and Poetry, Pune, 2015
concept of ‘Aamad and Tihai’ at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
Lecture-demonstration on the relationship of Dance & Literature, 2015
CCERT- Pune.-March, 2013
Lecture Demonstration for art students at ‘Chitrabodh’, Pune, Sept 2013
Lecture-demonstration on Audio Expression in Kathak at ‘Picolo’, festival organized by NrityaBhakti Foundation,2012.
Interviewed on ‘Choreographic Process’ at Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune, 2011.
Read a paper at the Bandish Seminar in Pune conducted by Lalit Kala Kendra , University of Pune, 2010.
Lecture demonstration at ‘Mahagami’, Aurangabad, 2010
Presentations held at Sara Lawrence College-New York and Swarthmore college-Philadelphia, along with workshops for dance students in April 2006.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA 2006.
Held five lecture demonstrations in Steyr, Austria in 2003.
Participated in Kathak seminar conducted by Kathak Kendra in New Delhi, 2002.
Participated in Kathak Seminar conducted by Kathak Kendra (New Delhi) in Hyderabad, 2001.
Seminar conducted by NCPA and Department of Marathi Literature SNDT, 1991 and 1994.
Shivaji University, Kolhapur in the year 1992.
Bandish Seminar in Dombivali by Shivanand Swami Sangeet Prathishthan in the year 1992.
Conducted lecture for orientation of students of M.A. (in all streams i.e. dance, drama, music etc) of Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University.
Lecture demonstration at Pimpri in ‘Kathak Mahayagya’ conducted by Pt.Nand-Kishore Kapote in which many eminent Kathak dancers participated.
Antwerp, Belgium, 1982.
University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne, Urbana, Illinois and also at State University of New York at Albany, NY 1980.


‘Thaat’ oraganised by Madhurita Sarang School of Kathak, 2018.
Gandharva Mahavidyalay, Panvel, 2016 on ‘Tihai’.
‘Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth’ , on Aamad and Natavari, 2015.
Organised by Padanyas andTilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune on ‘Aamad and Tukde’- March 2014.
Organised by Sociology Dept. Pune University.- March- 2014
Organised by Rochit Kathak Academy and Lalit Kala Kendra-2014
‘Sansmaran’- Seminar on Guru Mohanraoji Kallianpurkar, organised by Nadroop- Aug 2013.
Organised by Nrityadham – Pune- Jan .2013.
‘Swa-Abhivyakti’organised by Nad-Roop and Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune-2013
International Seminar organized by Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune on ‘Importance of Bandish in Indian Music and Dance’, 2011.
Seminar organized by Lasya, supported by Sangeet Natak Kala Academy, on ‘Kathak & Sahitya’, the completion of Marathi Katha – Katha and Kathak.
Seminar at the NCPA
Importance of dance in Life – Flame
Importance of Dance in Education – MaxmullerBhavan –Pune


Workshop in Bangalore, July 2016, 2017, 2019.
Workshop in Nagpur and Chandrapur, 2019.
Workshop – Mumbai- Advanced students- June 2013 & October, 2013 & 2014 – 15 -16
Workshop at Dombivali, September 2016.
Workshop for Lata Baklakar’s students – Mumbai- March 2013
Keerti Kala Mandir- Nasik- June 2013 – 14 -15-16
Baramati- NeelimaNrityalaya- Jan 2014
Students of ‘Flame’ – Pune – on Performance elements in dance- In reference to Space , Time – 2013 & 2014.
Workshop organized by Goa Kala Academy, 2011 & 2016
Workshop in Pune for Mrs. Reshma Gadambe 2016.
Choreography workshop for Nrityayatri – Pune, Oct 2013.
A choreography course of ten days- in Flame.
Workshop – Madgaon – Goa.-April 2013
Kathak Dance workshop for students at Nasik, 2012.
Kathak Dance workshop for students at Mumbai,2012.
Workshop organized by Uttar Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Jalgaon, 2012.
Kathak Dance workshop for students at Nasik, 2011.
Workshop in Indore, organized by Nadyog, 2011.
Kathak Dance workshop for students of Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune,2011.
Kathak Dance workshop for students of ‘Urmi’, Pune, 2011
Kathak Dance workshop for students of ‘Urmi’, Pune, 2010
Kathak Dance workshop for students at Nasik, 2010.
Kathak Dance workshop for students pursuing a Master’s degree at Lalit Kala Kendra, 2010.
Workshop on ‘choreography’ at Lalit Kala Kendra, 2010
Workshop conducted at Kharghar, Mumbai
Workshop at Sharada Sangeet, Mumbai
Workshop at Bahai Academy, Panchgani
Workshop in Indore, organized by Nadyog, 2009 -10 -11-12-13-14.
Workshop conducted for a theatre group at MUWCI, 2009.
Kathak Dance workshop for students of Nrityadham, Pune, 2007.
Workshop for Kathak students in Indore, organized by Nadyog, 2007.
Conducted workshops in Slovenia, 2007.
Workshops for teachers working in the field of Special children on invitation by BalkalyanSanstha, Pune, 2007.
Conducted workshops for dancers and musicians in Austria and East Germany in April 2006.
Workshop for Dept. of Theatre arts (post graduate students of theatre)–Mumbai University, in Oct 2006.
Conducted workshops in Sara Lawrence College – New York and Swarthmore College in Philadelphia 2006.
Workshop for the Modern dance students in Terence Lewis Academy- Mumbai in July2006.
Series of Workshops in Jalgaon, India in 2005/2006.
Conducted a workshop in Singapore in Dec 2003.
Conducted 4 different workshops in Steyr, Austria in Nov 2003.
Workshop conducted in Kolhapur in Sept 2003.2006
Austria, in May 2003.
Deval Club, Kolhapur in November 2003 /2006 (also in 2002 & 1997)
Italy and Austria in the year February 2002.
Nagpur, “Nirjhar Kala Sanshtan” 2002 (also in 2000 & 1998).
Kirti Kala Mandir Nasik 2002 (also in 2000 & 1998).
Mumbai, “Kathakalaya” in 2001 (also in 2000).
Natya Institute of Choreography, Bangalore, 2001.
Conducted workshop for Dance Dept. – Conservatory in Linz, 2000.
Steyr, Austria in the year 1999 for the students of diverse musical background.


Nad-Roop – Celebration of its Silver Jubilee Year – 2012 onwards
Kathak Infinite: a unique blend of classicism and grandeur, showcasing a wide spectrum of sixty dancers in a grand spectacle, performed in May, 2012
‘Swa-Abhivyakti’ – Seminar on Personalised Aesthetics organised by Nad-Roop, in association with Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University and Ministry of Culture, showcasing 9 Kathak Artists and their performances from all over India; held on 26th , 27th , 28th Sept, 2012.
Confluence – Peed Parayee Jane Re : life story of Kasturba Gandhi unfolding through traditional Kathak and a live Austrian Jazz Orchestra, comprising of 13 Jazz musicians, performed in November 2012 at Pune and Bangalore.
RoopBandh Festival : a classical dance festival showcasing young accomplished dancers – held from 1st – 3rd March in association with Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune – in reverence to the inherent classicism, stylisation and codification that classical dance forms represent.
Performance tour in Austria in May 2013 : presentation of ‘Confluence’, fusion compositions and traditional Kathak by a troupe of 15 artists, in various cities across Austria.
Sansmaran, August 2013 : Tribute to legendary Kathak Guru Mohanraoji Kallianpurkar to commemorate his birth centenary year 1985 – 2013 –
A Seminar was held, where various artists scholars, critics spoke on the various facets of the great Guru’s personality and his contribution– as a Guru, as a dancer, as a scholar, as a musician, as a composer, as a critic etc. An exhibition featuring a compilation of numerous essays, articles written by and about Mohanraoji and rare photographs was put up. Mohanraoji was also remembered through his compositions that were restructured, reformed and presented by his disciples & various dancers from Pune.
Sansmaran , January 2017: Spreading Light Through Rohiniji’s Spirit
A 3 day symposium on the life and works of Guru Pt. Rohiniji Bhate – Stalwarts from across India gathered to share their thoughts, experiences and work inspired by Rohiniji.
Other activities
Prajakta – fragile yet fragrant -: An experiment of using dance therapy to help the mentally and physically underprivileged kids running successfully since 2008.
‘AkhandaSwara-Laya-Nupur-NaadShraddhanjali’ – a 12-hour- long, incessant dance and music activity dedicated to Guru Pt. Rohini ji Bhate on her birth anniversary, organised by NadRoop since 2009.
Quest for New Perspectives – interactive sessions with various artists like Astad Deboo, AditiMangaldas, SanjuktaWagh, Janet Lily, Dr. Kannan, Lucienne Vidah for creative and innovative insights.
‘Creating awareness’- Academic project for the students of dance, in collaboration with Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune – 2014.
‘Dance appreciation’– For TCS, Pune, at the International Convention, 2014.
Use of Different Methodology to sensitize school children to classical dance – Orchid school, Pune-2014.


‘In Tandem’ – a project on the mélange of Kathak and Bharatnatyam with DeepakjiMujumdar, 2008.
‘Prajakta’ – Dance Therapy Project for God’s Children –- A project to help special children build concentration, coordination through Dance concepts and principles – 2008.
Project for Rural children to create awareness about classical dance and music – 2008.
‘Lakshya’ – to promote solo forms of classical dance with other classical dancers, 2007.
‘Intrigue’ – project with George Brooks — renowned Jazz musician from the US creating music and dance pieces, July 2004.


Article on Relevenceof the Ancient Texts in our Shatric Tradition for ‘Rochit Kathak Academy and Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University, 2014.
Article on Pt. Kumar Gandharva, 2013.
Article on Dance and Allied Careers
A choreographic spectrum – Khajuraho.
Article on ‘Improvisation’ in English the Sangeet Natak Akademi issue 2010.
Article on dance in ‘Swararang’, Saakal, 2010
Article on Kathak dance in the issue of Kalatma.
Article series in English newspaper Times Of India’s Education Times.
Reviews of book titled “KATHAK PRASANG” 1992.
Reviews of Dance Performances, 1970 till Date.
Articles on Dance in Marathi, 1970 till Date.

Work in World Music

Guru Shama Bhate has choreographed to various Jazz compositions like ‘Rhythm Fields’ and ‘Treading the Unknown’. She has also worked with Jazz Youth Orchestra and choreographed “River Dance” for Jazz dancers. Her extensive work in this field also encompasses the workshops conducted for dance students, dancers as well as Jazz musicians. She has also performed solo, titled as ‘Glimpse’ in the ensemble led by world renowned musician, Trilok Gurtu. Her recent creative work includes a collaboration with
the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, under the conduction of Chen Zimbalista.

Dynamic Projects

Guru Shama Bhate has initiated different projects with the view of widening the sensitivities and horizons of her students and also students of dance in Pune.

Madame Menaka Choreography Movement

A festival of proverb bases thought-provoking choreographies, in association with
Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune. Each choreography is followed by a panel discussion,
by eminent art connoisseurs.

Rohini Bhate Dialogues

A homage to the holistic persona of Late Guru Pandita Rohiniji Bhate, through a lecture-
series by art intellectuals, in association with Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune and Raza
Foundation, Delhi.


A reflection of Kathak sensitivity, in Mayurbhanj Chhau vibrancy.

‘In Tandem’

A project on the mélange of Kathak and Bharatanatyam with renowned Guru Deepak Mujumdar.


Dance Therapy Project for God’s Children.

Project for Rural children

Awareness programme

Dance Appreciation Course

Formulated and executed a course for professionals and foreigners to sensitize them to classical dance.

Orchid School

Use of different methodology for sensitization of school children to classical dance.

Mathematics & Kathak

Exploration of the mathematical and geometric aspect of Kathak for school children to study math.


To promote solo forms of classical dance.


Worked with George Brooks – renowned Jazz musician – to create a new work, also to understand the sensitivity of each other’s music.

Akhand Ghungroo Naad

Tribute to Guru Rohini Bhate, dancers and musicians continuously play for Guru Smt. Rohini Bhate’s memory.

Quest for New Perspectives

The innovative work is viewed, discussed and understood from the creator’s point of view, to give a stimulus to the dancers and dance students of Pune.

Creating Awareness

An initiative with the collaboration of MHC, Pune. Many important artists explain their dance styles, their tradition, and their expression to the dancers and dance students of Pune.

Articles | Workshops | Seminars

Guru Shama Bhate has been conducting regular workshops in centres like Nasik, Indore and Mumbai for advance training. She regularly participates in various seminars. She also regularly writes articles on different subjects pertaining to music and dance.