Dr. Kum Kum dhar (Professor & Dean)
Subject Kathak
Date of Birth 04/02/1956
Birth Place Nagpur
Address

27 B-5, Lajpat Rai Marg, LUCKNOW - 226 001. U.P. (INDIA) Phone : 0522-2235040, 0522-2207189, 009839449809, Fax : 0522-2622926

Academic Qualification

Master of Arts (Economics), Ph.D. (Economics)

• Professional Training 

Professional training in Kathak dance under full guidance of Late Guru Lachhu Maharaj, the Great Exponent of Lucknow Gharana at Kathak Kendra, Lucknow

Classical Vocal Music 

Sangeet Visharad (Ist Div.) from Bhatkhande Hindustani Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow

Present Assignment 

Dean Faculty of Dance & Professor Kathak in Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow

Experience

Thirty two years experience of performing Kathak all over India in prestigious conference like;
(i) Solo Kathak Recitals

o          Khajuraho Nritya Mahotsava (MP)

o          Ganga Mahotsava (Varanasi & Bithur)

o          Bindadin Mahotsava (New Delhi)

o          All India Music Conference (Patna)

o          Sharad Chandrikotsava Vrindavan (Mathura)

o          Kathak Samaroh (Jaipur, Lucknow, Delhi, Bhopal, Jodhpur

o          Yuva Utsava (Shimla)

o          Nritya Mahotsava (Banglore)

o          Badri-Kedar Utsav (Badrinath)

o          Somnathpur Festival (Mysore)

o          Swami Haridas Sangeet Samaroh (Bombay, 1983)

o          Lucknow Mahotsava (Lucknow) 1984, 1999, 2003 & 2005

o          Ghungroo Festival (Bhopal)

o          Silver Jubilee Celebration of J & K Academy of Art and Culture (Srinagar & Jammu)

o      Represented Uttar Pradesh Parva (organized by Uttar Pradesh Cultural Affairs Department) held at Madras (1987), Imphal (1988), Trivendram (1989) & Culcutta (1991)

o          Taj Mahotsava (Agra) 1995, 2000 & 2002

o          Mandav Mahotsava (Mandav)

o          Ramayan Mela (Ayodhya)

o          Buddha Mahotsava (Sarnath)

o          Sankatmochan Conference (1995)

o          Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Samaroh, Udaipur (1996)

o          Kinkini Dance Festival, Banglore (1996)

o          Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi (1997)

o          Thar Mahotsava (Rajasthan) 1997 & 1998

o          Uttar Dakshin Sangeet Sangam, Delhi (1998)

o          Dance Festival, Nagaland, North Eastern Zone Cultural Centre (1999)

o          Virasat and Kathak Tridhara by Rashtriya Kathak Sansthan (2001, 2002 & 2004)

o          Mahakumbh, Allahabad (2001 & 2002)

o          National Science Congress (2002)

o          India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2004)

o          Foundation Day, Lucknow University (2005)

o          Kriti-Yug, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (2006)

o          National Kathak Festival, Pune (2007)

o          Geeta Mahotsava, Kurukshetra (2008)

o          Indira Sangeet Samaroh, ISKV, Khairagarh (2009)

o          Rajim Kumbh, Raipur (2009)

(ii) Sponsoring Agencies

o          National Centre for performing Arts, Bombay

o          India International Centre, Delhi

o          Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Delhi

o          Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

o          Air India

o          Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Bhopal

o          North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad

o          Kathak Kendra (Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur & Bhopal)

o          Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi

o          Central Govt., State Govt., Central and State Sangeet Natak Academies

o          Trade Fair Authority of India

o          U.P. Tourism

o          India International Rural Cultural Centre

o          A.E.D. - U.S. Aid Project

o          India Habitat Centre, Delhi

o          Kathak Kendra (National Institute of Kathak), New Delhi

o          Department of Culture, Chhatisgarh

(iii) Performances Abroad

o          Canada, U.K., U.S.A. in 1982

o          U.K. in 1983

o          Aden, Kuwait & Egypt in 1985

o          Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Behrain, Kuwait, Muscut & Qutar in 1988

o          Pakistan in 1992

o          Israel & Egypt in 1994

o          Bangladesh in 1998

(iv) Television

o        Registered Top Grade Artist of Doordarshan

o      Choreographed and presented about 50 Kathak recitals on Doordarshan Kendras of Delhi, Calcutta, Trivendram, Banglore, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Jaipur, Gorakhpur, Patna & Lucknow

o    Kathak recitals in National Programme of Dance (1988, 1990, 1998 & 2007) and Central Production Centre, Delhi

(v) Participation in Seminar/Workshop

o          International Dance Workshop, New Delhi

o          Khairagarh Music University, C.G.

o          Kathak Kendra, New Delhi

o          Kathak Prasang, Bhopal

o          U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy

o          Thumri-ke-Rang (Raipur, M.P.)

o          Bhatkhande Music Institute, Lucknow

o          V.K.M., Varanasi (Sponsored by University Grant Commission)

o    Music Education in Indian Universities (by Indian Musicological Society of Mumbai University, Mumbai)

(vi) Lecture-cum-Demonstration

o          Sardar Vallabha Bhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad

o          L.B.S. National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie

o          Andman Nicobar Islands

o          Spic Mackay, Lucknow and Pantnagar

o          Jammu & Kashmir Academy for Art & Culture

o          Akola (Maharashtra)

o          Mokukchung, Nagaland

o          Dhaka, Bangladesh

o          Goa College of Music, Goa University

o          Indra Kala Sangeet Vishvavidhyalaya, Chhatisgarh

o          Indian Railway Transport Management Institute, Lucknow

o          Bhartendu Natya Academy, Lucknow

o          Department of Music, Allahabad University, Allahabad

o          Lucknow University, Lucknow

(vii) Dance Appreciation Course

o          U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy

o          NCZCC, Allahabad

o          Bihar Sangeet Natak Academy, Patna

(viii) Choreography

o          Lead roles in dance dramas directed by the Great Maestro Guru Lachhu Maharaj ji e.g. Chandravali, Geet Govinda, Gautam Buddha, Inder-Sabha etc.

o      Dance Direction in dance dramas like Amir Khusro, Barkha Bahar, Pavas Sangeet produced by U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy & Cultural Affairs Department.

o          Choreographed full length ballets Pushpvatika, Buddha, Kathak-Katha, Vidya, Nari Jayate & Panch Kanya.

o             Panchtatva for Kathak Kendra, Delhi

o           Vividha for Rashtriya Kathak Sansthan, Lucknow

(ix) Theatre

o    Closely associated as an actress and dance director with the well known dramatic organization "Darpan" for last 35 years. Lead roles in plays like "Hayavadan", "Abu-Hasan", "Gufayen", "Yahudi Ki Ladki", "Harishchandra Ki Ladai", "Kanupriya" etc.

(x) All India Radio

o          Associated with AIR as 'A' Grade Drama Artist, Compere, News Reader and Announcer for last 35 years.

o          Approved artist of light music

(xi) Teaching

o          Teaching 30 disciples under Guru Shishya Parampara for last 15 years

o     Invited by Khiragarh University, Chattisgarh as visiting fellow under University Grants Commission Scheme

o          Imparted advance training to post graduate students and disciples receiving scholarship by HRD, Govt. of India

o   Co-guide for thesis registered at Indra Kala Sangeet Vishvavidhyalaya, Khairagarh, Chattisgarh

o          Guide for two theses registered at Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow

(xii) Awards & Honours

o          U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1994) for important contribution in the field of Kathak Dance

o          National Scholarship for dance by Union Ministry

o          Gold Medal by Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad

o          Sringaar-Mani by Sur Singar Sansad, Bombay

o          Honored by National Centre for performing Arts, Bombay

o          Honored by North Eastern Railway Women's Organisation

o          'Kala Bharti Samman' by U.P. Kalakar Association

o          'Maharaj Bindadin Award' by Bhartiya Fankar Society

o          Shan-e-Awadh award by U.P. Sthapna Divas Samiti

o          'Woman Achievers' by Tata Consultancy Services

o          'Avadhi Samman' by Avadhi Samaj, Uttar Pradesh

(xiii) Membership

o          Governing Body NCZCC, Allahabad

o          Programme Advisory Committee, NCZCC

o          U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy

o          Different Sub-committee of U.P. Cultural Directorate

o          Ex-member of Programme Advisory Committee, Doordarshan Kendra, Lucknow

o          Expert in Committee for award of National Fellowship & Financial Assistance (HRD)

o          Expert in Committee for selection of Artist for Song & Drama Division

(xiv) Examiner

o          Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.

o          Indra Kala Sangeet Vishvavidhyalay, Khairagarh, Chattisgarh

o          Kathak Kendra, New Delhi

o          Kathak Kendra, Lucknow

o          Banasthali University, Rajasthan
(xv) Article Published in

o          Kalavarta (M.P. Kala Parishad)

o          Dinman

o          Chhayanat (U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy)

o          The Times of India

o          Swatantra Bharat

o          Dainik Jagaran

o          Hindustan Times

o          Dainik Hindustan

o          Kala Kunj Bharti