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 32 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.
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.