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In The Memory Of Rohini Bhate
Sunday, November 14, 2010 AT 12:00 AM (IST)
Rohini Bhate was born on November 14, 1924 in Patna, Bihar, India and she is a famous Kaththak Dancer.

For almost six decades, Guru Rohini Bhate has focused her energies on teaching and performing Kathak, a classical dance style of North India. Groomed in the art by the late Guru Lacchhu Maharaj and late Guru Mohanrao Kalyanpurkar, she has evolved a unique, rich style of her own. Rohiniji’s multifaceted scholarly interests allow her to cull the best from the rich oral traditions of India. Her study of music complements her literary creations, giving a novel repertoire of Kathak presentations.

In 1947, she founded the Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy for Kathak. Over the last six decades she trained hundred of dancers from this academy. She had also learnt Hindustani classical singing and was well versed with literature.
Rohini Bhate’s numerous papers on Kathak have revealed her erudition, and her practical contributions to various Kathak curricula are sought after at different universities.

In her roles as writer, translator, orator, theoretician, teacher and dancer, Rohini Bhate embodies a harmonious blend of high classicism with contemporary expression…. a synergistic celebration of the performing arts.

Rohiniji’s success lies in her rendition of even the most abstract subjects without ever once straying outside the accepted norms of traditional Kathak. Technical, virtuously alone, she firmly believes, does not constitute true Kathak ballets, and she always sought a more comprehensive use of the basic tenets of the Kathak dance style.

Her complete understanding of her medium means that she communicates through dance and dance alone, with text and music only as aids to round out the message. And the minimalist brevity of her compositions is a direct result of her all-encompassing vision.

She Passes away on October 10, 2008 at the age of 83, in Pune, Maharashtra, India

She received various Titles & Awards.

1977 : Maharashtra Rajya Puraskar,
1979 : Sangit Natak Akademi award,
1980 : ‘Nrityavilas’,Sur Singar Parishad, Mumbai,
1982 : ‘Nrityagandha’,Ganawardhan, Pune,
1990 : Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar,
1994 : Godavari Puraskar, Janasthan Foundation founded by the poet Kusumagraj, Nashik.
1995 : ‘Pride of Pune’, Residency Club of Pune.
1996 : ‘Sangitshri’, Janasammohini Foundation, Pune,
1997 : Emeritus Fellowship, Government of India,
1997 : Kalidas Samman, Madhya Pradesh Government,
1999 : University of Pune - Jeevan Sadhana Gaurava, Tilak Maharashtra University - Lokmanya Kalopasak, Dahad Vidyavardhini - Nrityabhashan Respectively.
2003 : Vasundhra Pandit Puraskar, Vasundhara Pandit Pratishtan, Pune,
2004 : D. Litt.; Deccan College – Deemed University; Pune.
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