Prerana Deshpande

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Prerana Deshpande is one of the leading exponents of Kathak dance in India. She studied Kathak under Guru-Shishya Parampara (Master - Disciple tradition) from legendary Dr. Rohini Bhate, the doyen of Lucknow and Jaipur gharanas for over twenty years. Prerana Deshpande is known for equal mastery over various aspects of Kathak. She is particularly renowned for her graceful movements, abhinaya (expression) and command over the laya (rhythm). [1] Her deep understanding of music and literature has led to scholars and critics acknowledge her as a 'Complete Kathak Artist'. Over the years, Prerana Deshpande has productionized several creative concepts in dance which have been well appreciated by the audience and connoisiours alike.[2]

Alongside, Prerana Deshpande had her formal education at the Centre of Performing Arts of Pune University (Lalit Kala Kendra), India. She completed her Masters Degree in Kathak and stood first in the University. She also completed her Bachelors degree in Mathematics.

Institute - NRITYADHAM[edit]

As a dedication to her art which has given meaning to her life, Prerana Deshpande established 'Nrityadham' - an Institute for Performing Arts in Pune, INDIA where she imparts Kathak training to students from India and abroad.

Creative collaboration[edit]

Creative collaboration named 'Mharo Pranam' on the life and lyrics of Saint Meerabai, conceptualized by Shri Hemant Pendse with Kathak choreography by Prerana Deshpande premiered in Pune in 2010 to packed audience. This production is presently on a nationwide tour being staged in major concert halls in India.

In 2007, Prerana Deshpande collaborated with famous Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra in a Kathak - Odissi collaboration inspired by the World Heritage Site of Ajanta & Ellora. The production titled 'Ajanta Comes ALive - Tribute to Ajanta & Ellora' premiered in the cultural capital of India - Pune on February 18, 2007. Presented by famous dance scholar Dr. Sunil Kothari, this collaboration was subsequently staged in various cities of the country.


  • Gaurav Puruskar at the hands of Pt. Birju Maharaj
  • Nrityashree title
  • Singarmani award

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