Advisory Board
  Advisory Panel of SAMVED  
  Padmavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj - Kathak  
  Brij Mohan Mishra popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj (born February 4, 1938) is currently the leading exponent of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He is a descendant of the legendary Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, including his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj. (Read More)  
  Padma Bhushan Dr. Raja Reddy - Kuchipudi  
  Raja (born 6 October 1943) and Radha Reddy (born 15 February 1950) are a Kuchipudi dancing couple, gurus and choreographers. Their names are synonymous with Kuchipudi dance and are regarded solely responsible for bringing it on the cultural map of the world. For their services to the field of arts, the Government of India have conferred on them the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards. (Read More)  
  Pandita Guru Archana Joglekar (Founder Director of SAMVED Exam Board)

Kathak Dancer.., Scholar, educationist, actor, writer, director .. a selfless ….Cultural Ambassador in USA.
Born ( January 4th, 1963 ) a child prodigy Pandita Archana Joglekar is trained extensively in all three Gharanas of Kathak, Lucknow, Jaipur & Banaras. She started learning Kathak at the age of 5 from mother & Guru Smt. Asha Joglekar. (Read More)

  Smt. Saswati Sen - Kathak  

Born to a family of legal and medical professionals, Saswati took to dance at an early age. She received her initial training at Delhi’s Kathak Kendra under the guidance of Smt Reba Vidyarthi. She received the National Scholarship in Performing Arts and graduated to become the prime disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj. Saswati is the proud recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2004-5. (Read More)

  Guru Shama Bhate - Kathak  

Guru Shama Bhate also known as Shama Tai, is among the Kathak exponents in India today. Her career spans over 40 years and she has been learning and performing Kathak from the age of 4 and has been a teacher and is involved with choreography and training many Kathak dancers in India. She is also the artistic director of her Dance Academy Nadroop in Pune. (Read More)

  Dr. Sandhya Purecha - Bharatnatyam  

Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee is a renowned Performing Academician, Bharatanatyam Guru, Performing Artist, Innovator-Choreographer, Prolific Writer and an Avowed Scholar – Researcher of Sanskrit vis-à-vis Indian classical dance. She is the Managing Trustee & Secretary of Sarfojiraje Bhosale B.N.T. & R. Centre. (Read More)

  Guru Lata Raman - Bharatnatyam  


  • Senior disciple of Late Kalaimamani Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai, of the Raja Rajeswari Bharatanatya Kalamandir.
  • Master’s degree in Bharata Natyam from University of Bombay; at Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya. (Read More)
  Padmashree Pt. Satish Vyas (Santoor) - Swar-wadya/ Vocal  
Pandit Satish Vyas, a renowned Santoor Maestro of India blessed with a formidable musical background and training, thanks to both his father and his guru, has build an outstanding reputation as a soloist on the Santoor (hammered dulcimer). His first fortune was to be born the son of Padma Bhushan Late Pandit C. R. Vyas, one of the most respected vocalists on the Indian music scene. (Read More)
  Pt. Samir Chatterjee - Tabla  

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10th, 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. (Read More)

  Pt. Mukundraj Deo - Tabla  
  One of the finest young Tabla Players from our country, Mukundraj Deo comes from a family with great liking of Dance and Music. He has received inspiration and promotion for his art from his mother Dr. Mrs. Manjiri Deo, a Kathak Dancer [Disciple of Late Natraj Gopikrishna] and father, Mr. Shreeram Deo. (Read More)  
Dr. Alka Deo Marulkar - Hindustani Vocal
  A worthy daughter  and disciple of the veteran Pt. Rajabhau Deo, who has been known as an outstanding vocalist of Gwalior, Kirana and Jaipur Gharanas. Since her early childhood, she started receiving rigorous training from her father, Pt. Deo, who groomed ans chiseled Alkaji’s Gayaki by synthesizing the salient aesthetic qualities of the above mentioned Gharanas. (Read More)
Guru Deepak Mazumdar - Bharatnatyam
  Performer, teacher & choreographer these are the three attributes that describe Deepak Mazumdar, the dedicated (master performer) one of the most respected names in the classical dance scenario for more than three decades. Deepakji is a 'Top' grade artiste of Doordarshan. Over the years Deepak has carved out a special niche in the world of Indian classical dancing. (Read More)  
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