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Kathak Dance With Dance Virtuoso Kakoli Shankar Mishra

Kathak workshop: a chance to work with one of the leading dancers in India. The workshop will work on Tatkar, Chakra and the execution of Toras and Tukras.

There are 2 levels to choose from:

Intermediate: For anyone who knows the basics of Tatkar and dancing Toras and Tukras and been learning for a few years and would like the chance to focus on improving your technique.

Advanced: A chance to work intensively with a performing artist with extensive knowledge and experience of the different styles of Kathak.

Kakoli Shankar Mishra is a dedicated Kathak exponent, who has mastered Kathak with perfection and grace. She is critically acclaimed and renowned for her sensitivity with Abhinaya or the art of expression in dance. Kakoli received her training under the legendary Kathak maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana and Smt. Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana.

Kakoli has had the privilege and honour of performing at various prestigious venues and events such as The Mayor of London’s Arts Festival and in presence of dignitaries, including HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Charles. Kakoli currently resides, performs and teaches Kathak in India whilst maintaining a connection with students in London as a visiting teacher with PRSSV.

Skill Level

Intermediate and Advanced


Fri 28 August / Intermediate: 12pm / Advanced: 1:45pm
Sat 29 August / Intermediate: 12pm / Advanced: 1:45pm
Sun 30 August / Intermediate: 12pm / Advanced: 1.45pm


Fee £25 for 3 sessions 75 minutes each
Single session £10

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Professor Karaikudi S. Subramanian

Prof. Karaikudi Subramanian is one of the senior and fore most Vina maestros in India. As a ninth generation performing artiste in a family of Vina players, Prof. Subramanian started learning Vina from his mother Lakshmi Ammal and later became the disciple of his grand uncle and adoptive father, the legendary Vina player, Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer (1888-1958). He has also learnt from and performed with his sister Rajeswari Padmanabhan and Ranganaki Rajagopalan.

He was awarded Ph.D in Ethnomusicology (Wesleyan University, for his thesis: “South Indian Vina-Tradition and Individual Style” (1985), with a fellowship from Asian Cultural Council in 1983. He retired as a Professor of Music from the University of Madras (1986-2002).

His record album ‘Music Fur Vina’, with Rajeswari Padmanabhan made by Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin-1975 won the Schallplatten Kritik Award in 1980. His Vina album ‘Sunada’ with Prof.Trichy Sankaran won the Naird Award, (USA-1991). He has been performing and collaborating with leading world musicians and been a visiting professor at Universities across the globe for nearly four decades. He has produced and directed music educational programs for festivals and a television serial in Singapore & India. He has presented and published many articles in International seminars, most notably by AIIS, New Delhi (1993) and VWB-Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, Germany (2002).

He founded Brhaddhvani, Research and Training Centre for Musics of the world in Chennai (1989) with Dr. S. Seetha (former head of department of music at University of Madras), and developed a system for holistic music education, Correlated Objective Music Education and Training (COMET), combining tradition and technology, arts and science, preservation and propagation methods reaching out to world musicians, dancers, actors, children and music therapy. The COMET system of education has benefitted over 5000 children both in rural and urban areas in South India as well as creating jobs for music teachers. Since 2015 Prof. Subramanian has been conducting annual workshops in Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom and the USA. A few of his disciples have started Brhaddhvani, Global Centre for Music in Denmark and United Kingdom to propagate his pioneering methodology, COMET and spread the Karaikudi Vina Tradition.

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra, a Hindustani Classical vocalist/performer, belongs to two of the most respected families of the Benaras Gharana. His paternal grandfather was Late Pt. Baijnath Prasad Mishra of the Benaras Gharana of Sarangi and maternal grandfather was Late Pt. Sharda Sahai (Direct descendant of Pt. Ram Sahai-ji, the founder of Banaras style of tabla playing).

He is the son of Pt. Triloki Nath Mishra and ‘Gandabandh Shishya’ (senior most Disciple) of the legendary Padmavibhushan Girija Devi-herself a disciple of his great grandfather, Late Pt. Sarju Prasad Mishra. Rahul is professionally trained in most of the forms of Vocal Hindustani Classical, that are typical of the Benaras Gharana, including: Khayal,Thumri,Tappa,Dadra,chaiti,kajri,Hori,Bhajan etc.

Furthermore, he also holds a Praveen Degree from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabaad.
And, has been an Awardee for ‘Excellence in Vocal Music’ from Rotary club (Kolkata) and ‘Sur Mani’ from Sur Singar Samsad-Mumbai. He is also is a National Scholarship holder from Ministry of Culture and Visiting Vocal Classical Faculty in PRSSF Varanasi, India.

In 2014, he collaborated on a fusion album showcasing his style of Hindustani Vocal Classical music with a U.S. Based singer/songwriter, and his colleague from Girija Devi’s Gurukul-ITIDA, in an album titled, ‘Des-Pardes’ released by Hungama music, in which Rahul Mishra has also been involved as a Music Composer.

In late 2014-Present, he became the Co-founder of the Band called ‘Des-Pardes’ with ITIDA, a collaboration concept based Band, which works with artists of various backgrounds from all over the world, to bring Benaras Gharana Classical/Indian Sufi & Folk and the music of the West together, through fusion! The Band is the first international fusion band to be the part of Legendary Music composer A.R Rehman’s music company called “Qyuki”, and has performed in various parts of India, receiving great appreciation by all.

Rahul Mishra is working towards a Goal that his Late Grandfather Pt.Sharda Sahai started, ‘Each one, Teach one!’ through which he gives free music education to the people who can’t afford to learn music and have a bright future and also by educating foreign artists the combination of Indian classical and Western music similarity and growth together.

Kakoli Shankar Mishra

A dedicated Kathak exponent, Kakoli Shankar Mishra has mastered Kathak with perfection and grace. She is critically acclaimed and renowned for her sensitivity with Abhinaya. Kakoli received her training under the legendary Kathak maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana and Smt. Geetanjali lal of Jaipur Gharana.

Her talents and potential as a Kathak artist were sharpened and polished by her gurus transforming her into a mesmerising performer. She has been honoured with “NRITYA BHUSHAN SANMAN” from Society of Action through Music.

To her credit, Kakoli has given numerous performances at prominent venues all over the world including countries such as India, UK, US, Germany, France and Belgium. 

A dedicated teacher of Kathak, Kakoli also holds a Sangeet Bivakar degree in Classical Vocal Music. Her grace, rhythm and versatility are evident in her performance.

In London, she was a Freelance Performer, teacher and choreographer and a guest lecturer of dance at “UEL” (University of East London). Kakoli was also a resident teacher for the International Dance Festival in Glasgow, involving students of 10 Scottish schools, whilst simultaneously holding a teaching position in London with the South London Music and Culture Group.

Subsequently, she taught in Pt. Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidyalaya at Harrow Arts Center and Compass Theatre, Ickenham. 

Kakoli has had the privilege and honour of performing at various prestigious venues such as The Mayor of London’s Arts Festival and in presence of dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Lady Camilla Parker Bowles. 

Currently, she is residing and teaching Kathak in India and maintains a connection with studentsin London as a visiting teacher at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidhyalaya. 

Kiranpal Singh

Kiranpal Singh journeyed from the foothills of Kenya’s Kilimanjaro to UK and Mumbai. Suffused with a great curiosity and philosophy for life and the larger world, this 100 string Santoor playing troubadour takes his music around the world to weave the magic of glistening web like ragas on his musical loom.

Kiranpal Singh Deoora is one of a select few performers of Indian Classical Music on the Santoor. He is one of the UK’s leading musicians, having learnt his art in the traditional way in Bombay, from the Santoor innovator Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma through the support of His Holiness Satguru Jagjit Singh Maharaj, the then spiritual Head of Namdhari Sikhs.

Born in Tanazania, Kiranpal now lives in London. He plays regular concerts all over the globe. He has played for HRH Prince Phillip at Buckingham Palace, as well as South Bank Halls numerous times. He has played at Spittalfields Festival and London Mela as well as other prestigious festivals. His mastery of the advanced techniques of the Santoor has allowed him to develop a wide repertoire and reveal his spontaneous imagination in performance.

Vamshikrishna Vishnudas

Vamshikrishna Vishnudas with a meditative presence pulls the raga from the air around you harnessing its power to make images appear in your mind while he works his voice melodiously through the South Indian Vocal repertoire of astonishingly varied ornaments.

Vamshikrishna Vishnudas is a vocalist from South India who specialises in traditional Carnatic music and has performed extensively in his home country and received several prizes and awards as a young musician. For nearly two decades he has lived in the United Kingdom and has gained a reputation as a solo performer and as a singer for dance. He has worked with many internationally renowned musicians (most notably with Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth), dancers and dance teachers, and has been a part of several creative music and dance projects in the UK and Europe. Vamshikrishna is also an acclaimed teacher and a resident vocal teacher at Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya, London. He obtained his Bachelors in Music from Telugu University, Hyderabad, India.

Surjeet Singh Aulakh

Surjeet Singh embodies the purity of the musical traditions he learnt from his great gurus. Accomplished as a soloist and accompanist he brings a quiet dignity that belies his extraordinary ability to communicate with his ancient multi stringed Sarangi.

Surjeet Singh is one of the worlds most skilled sarangi players. His love of the enchanting sound of the Sarangi led him to the doors of the legendary Sarangi player, Pandit Ram Narayan in 1977. Since launching his career in the early 90’s, he has played extensively throughout India at various important festivals giving solo recitals as well as accompanying leading musicians such as Salamat Ali Khan, Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra and Shiri L K Pandit amongst others. Also, he has played at numerous venues in UK, Europe, America, Thailand and East Africa.

Surjeet is fluent in the styles of Khyal and Thumri, which has led him to be noticed worldwide for his musicality and proficiency. He is now a tutor for the Gurmat Sangeet Academy and the Raj Academy.