Manjari Chaturvedi

Classical Indian Kathak Dancer, Director & amp, Choreographer, TedX Speaker, Cultural Academic, Creator of Sufi Kathak and Restorer of Dance of Courtesans, President, Sufi Kathak Foundation

Sufi Kathak

Manjari, in her peerless journey, seamlessly blends her dance with diverse cross-cultural music in exciting collaborations. She was trained in classical Kathak dance of Lucknow Gharana, and then subsequently learned the nuances of other classical Indian dance forms


In the last two decades Manjari has choreographed, directed and performed in more than 24 of her own original creative works, based on the histories and explored through the language of classical dance. She brings to foreground the feminine stories through her creative projects and as a message it talks about strong women


Manjari Chaturvedi conducts workshops on classical Kathak and her own unique mystical Dance. Manjari incorporates the training of yoga with dance to enhance the flexible body movements and maintain the correct body postures. The workshops range from introductory interactive sessions, to intensive training sessions


Manjari Chaturvedi’s work has been featured in top media networks across the globe – print as well as digital & TV. 

“She Dances In Surrender To Him, To His Glory, To His Love And To His World There Is An Underlying Lilting Melody And Strong Rhythm In Her Dance, Which Depicts Separation And Union, The Fire Of The Eternal Dance Of Moth…”

About Manjari

Manjari Chaturvedi, the leading exponent of classical dance in India for last 25 years, is an unusual dancer, she has blazed her own path, that no one traversed earlier, in the field of performing arts with her work on spirituality and dance. She has taken the traditional form of Kathak and has created her own style, her own brand of dance Sufi Kathak. Her productions as a dancer are projects that are meticulously researched, documented, as she first studies the original traditions and then finds her own artistic expression of the subject and that expression is always unique, as never seen before, as she pours her heart and soul into the dance. Manjari has extensively worked on gender sensitive subjects through her medium of dance, exploring the many traditions woven into poetry, music and dance. She re-lives traditions in a modern context, at times re-living an era that has been lost to time and creating that ecstatic dance of mystical surrender. A danseuse representing Lucknow gharana of Kathak and postgraduate in Environmental Sciences, Manjari embodies her performance art bridging the gap between tradition and modernity.

Manjari has extensively performed in Europe (France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, U.K. & Ireland, Armenia, Georgia), the Middle East (Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait), South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia) Asia (Thailand, Bangladesh, SriLanka) and Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), Australia and America.