Geetanjali Lal

Born in 1948 in Vadodara, Gujarat, Shrimati Geetanjali Lal received her training in Kathak dance under several gurus including Roshan Kumari, Gopi Krishna, Mohanrao Kalyanpur- kar, and her late husband Devi Lal. Simultaneously, she acquired proficiency in Hindu- stani music studying under her father Rajnikant Desai, an adherent of the Agra gharana. An outstanding Kathak exponent and teacher, Shrimati Geetanjali Lal earned acclaim as a lead dancer of Kathak Kendra’s repertory in choreo- graphic works of Pandit Birju Maharaj. She has performed extensively in dance festivals, and received critical acclaim for her solo exposition of Kathak of the Jaipur gharana. Her choreographic compositions, for which she also composed music, have also been remark- able. Shrimati Geetanjali Lal is a senior Kathak guru at Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, where she has trained many young dancers. She has also served briefly as Director of Kathak Kendra and taught at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture in Mauritius. She has been featured in the lead role in the Kashmiri feature film Shayar-e- Kashmir Mehjoor for which she received the Best Actress Award from the Jammu & Kashmir state. She has also been bestowed other honours by institutions elsewhere in the country. Shrimati Geetanjali Lal receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribu- tion to Kathak dance.