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Saswati Sen is a leading Indian exponent of Kathak, an Indian classical dance form. She is a senior disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj. She achieved early fame by dancing in Satyajit Ray's film, Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977), his invocation of Lucknow society at its "Paris of India" zenith. She also teaches Kathak in Kalashram in Jorbagh in New Delhi. Saswati Sen mostly teaches and performs with her Guru Birju Maharaj. Though she travels and performs extensively with her Guru, she has been criticized severely by dance critics. Veteran dance critic Sunil Kothari accuses her of being a very mediocre dancer who has used her Guru's name to climb up the ladder. He has also pointed out how she has not produced a single student of national merit and has been the core reason her Guru is separated from his own family. However, Saswati continues to ignore these accusations and continue working with her Guru.
Awards and honors
- "Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2004 Awards Ceremony & Festival". Sangeet Natak Akademi website. Retrieved 2 April 2010.