Shovana Narayan is India’s topmost Kathak dancer par excellence, whose every fibre of being lives and breathes dance. A consummate artist and choreographer, revered guru to her disciples and an intellectual, she combines artistry with keen observation and humanism. In a career spanning over five and half decades that has seen her mesmerizing audiences all over the world in prestigious national and international festivals, she has been conferred with several awards, outstanding among which are the Padmashri Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to dance by the President of India in 1992, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India in 2001, Delhi Govt’s Parishad Samman and the Bihar Gaurav Samman. Charting new paths, she has relentlessly pursued two parallel exacting professional careers, as a civil servant (IAAS, 1976 batch) and a recognized Kathak Dancer – Guru, achieving distinction and great heights in both.
A keen researcher and scholar, she has 14 book publications and numerous articles to her credit. Her keen interest in research has led to the discovery of eight Kathak villages in Eastern UP and Bihar. She is also a visiting lecturer to several Universities in India and abroad. She is a classic example of a true Kathak, multi-faceted and dynamic, and presents a challenge to today’s spectator. She serves as a role model and peer for millions of girls of the younger generation of today.