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.