INFORMATION REGARDING CONTRIBUTIONS IN KATHAK DANCE

Nandkishore Kapote - kathak

Dr. Pt. Nandkishore Kapote is a a born Artist. Nandkishore as a child used to dance to the tunes of Radio. As he grew up, he immitated the dances in movies which he saw. In subsequent years of his school dayss, he took interest in all kinds of dance forms.

Once, he saw the dance performance of Natraj Gopi-Krishna. It was his first occasion to see a male dancer. It had an ever lasting impact on him. He decided to take this Art. He was allowed by his family to join a Kathak Traning Institute in Pune at the young age of Nine.

He did Kathak training and completed Diploma Course (three years) and  Degree Course (five years) in Kathak Dance under the guidance of Shri. Mannalal Shukla. During training period, he also gave performances in and out side Maharashtra. He took part in dance competition to his getting prizes and commendatory letters. Nandkishore also simultaneously completed his graduation in commerce. He applied for National Scholarship from Govt. of India. In 1976-77 Nandkishore received National Scholarship from the Cultural Dept. Govt. of India for learning Kathak Dance under the guidance of Pt. Birju Maharaj at New Delhi. Nandkishore Kapote is the first male Kathak Aritst to receive such a Scholarship in Maharashtra.

Nandkishore Kapote - kathak pose / kathak dance
Under (Guru Shishya Parampara) the kind and able guidance of Pt. Birju Maharaj Nandkishore completed Ten Years Kathak Dance Training. He served his Guru will full devotion. With his blessing Nandkishore gave Kathak Dance performances all over India and abroad (America, Canada, Japan, Holland, Kuwait and Russia etc.) He also performed at Delhi and Mumbai Doordarshan.

In 1982 Nandkishore Kapote presented a Kathak dance performance in Russia in the presence of LATE PRIME MINISTER OF INDA SMT. INDIRA GANDHI and Late PRESIDENT MR.BRAZNOV OF RUSSIA, and in 1987 he again performed Kathak dance in Russia in the presence of LATE PRIME MINSTER OF INDIA Mr. RAJIV GANDHI. At the opening ceremony of “ASIAD 1982 at Delhi Nandkishore Kapote had given dance performance under the able Music Direction of Pt. Ravishankar. In 1986 with the blessing of Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. Nandkishore Kapote established dance Institution and stepped in the field of Kathak dance training in Pune. Many students of Nandkishore Kapote who have passed out through this institute are carrying the same torch and spreading the knowledge of Kathak in all over Maharashtra by conducting Kathak dance classes. Students ageing 4 yrs to 80 years are undertaking training in this institution.

In 1998 at Pimpri – Chinchwad on behalf of Nandkishore Cultural Society Dr. Nandkishore Kapote established “Kathak University”, whose main building was inaugurated at the hands of Guru and wellknown Kathak exponent Pt. Birju Maharaj.

This is the sole Institute in Maharashtra providing training in all kinds of performing Artss like Singing, Dancing, Instrumental i.e. in Hindustani Classical Vocal, Karnataka Vocal, Tabla, Harmonium etc. The institute consists of a well equip auditorium of its own which provides a platform to the students seeking admission into it to perform their Arts.