ISHA PHADKE – PROFILE

“Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.” A strong believer of this fact, Isha Phadke is a widely recognized and exemplary Kathak performer, choreographer and teacher. Spontaneous improvisation, intense characterization, sensitivity to music, grace and passion are all integral aspects of Isha’s unique and unparalleled performances.

Isha has been learning Kathak from world renowned danseuse Guru Shambhavi Dandekar for over 20 years. She has secured the first rank across India for the “Nritya Visharad” and Nritya Alankar degrees from ‘Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyala’ and has thus been rightly awarded with the ‘Pandit Ranganath Bendre’ award for extraordinary excellence. Apart from being a Master in Business Administration (MBA), she has completed her second Masters degree in Dance from ‘Bharati Vidyapeeth University’ under the able guidance of one of the most
distinguished artists and her senior Guru Pandita Maneesha Sathe. She is furthermore privileged to be able to learn the advanced aesthetics and intricacies of Indian Rhythm (Laya-Taal) under Padmashree Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. She has been a regular performer in his productions “Taalyatra” “Mrudang Sankeertan”.

Isha has been a part of her Guru’s dance troupe from a very young age. She has had the fine opportunity to perform all across India and abroad, as a part of Shambhavi ji’s trademark choreographic productions like Horizons Kathakotsava Gaur Baran Radhika, Isha was blessed to be able to perform with her Guru in Padmavibhushan Pt. Jasraj ji’s unique show Aaj Toh Anand Hi Anand based on the traditional Haveli Sangeet. She has been extremely
fortunate to get to learn from the great legendary Kathak maestro, Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj ji through various workshops and has also got a chance to perform with him at “Nehru Center – Mumbai”, “International Film Festival, Goa”, “Shaniwarwada Dance Festival, Pune”, etc. She has had the privilege to learn from and interact closely with fine artists and great masters like Pt. Rajendra Gangani, Ustad Taufiq Qureshi, Shama Bhate, et al. through several workshops and seminars.


Solo Performances

  • Pune Heritage Festival – Pune, India
  • Ekamra Nritya Mahotsav – Orissa, India
  • Bharat Natya Mandir’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations – Pune, India
  • Madhurita Sarang Festival – Pune, India (In the presence of Pt. Rajendra Gangani)
  • Sanskar Bharati’s Nritya Sadhana – Pune, India
  • Anunaad Music Dance Academy’s Lecture-Demonstration series – Ahmednagar, India
  • Nirvikalpa’s Lecture-Demonstration series – Pune, India
  • Tabla and Beyond Music Institutes’s Gurupournima Concert – Pune, India
  •  Rotary International’s Ranaraagini  Yashwant Puraskar Sohola – Pune, India
  • Baithak series by Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak – CA, USA

Awards and Recognition

  • Kalashram Kathak Contest, Mumbai (India) – At the hands of Pt. Birju Maharaj
  • Sahitya Sangeet Kala Mohotsav
  • Madhukauns, Pune (India)
  • Ashtavinayak Classical Dance Award
  • Pt. V. D. Paluskar Award, Mumbai (India)

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