Guru Shama Bhate herself is a disciple of Guru Smt. Rohini Bhate from whom she received formal, traditional training in Kathak. She was also blessed with special insight 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.
Her personal idiom, evolved over the years, is an amazing blend of virtuosity (tayyari) and sensitive expressions (Abhinaya), revealing the high degree of classicism.
Some traditional choreographies by Shama Bhate:
Numerous Nritta items in various Taals such as, Teentaal (16 beats), Jhaptaal (10 beats), Rupak (7 beats), Mattataal (9 beats), Pancham Savari (15 beats), Dhamar (14 beats), Tarana’s, Bhajan’s, Thumri’s, Hori etc and numerous choreographic compositions like Hori, Trivat, Tarana Dhun etc.