Prashant Shah
Prashant Shah....

Prashant, a senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, is one of the very few critically acclaimed male performer - choreographer residing now in India and New York both. Prashant’s virtuosity in Kathak technique enables him to perform a vast repertoire with masculine grace without any flowery affectations, makes him one of the outstanding male dancer of his genre today. Born and raised in Ahmedabad and now a US citizen, Prashant feels honored to be the first recipient of SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI YUVA PURASKAR [ National award ] established by President of India in the name of ‘Ustaad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar’ for Kathak dance. Prashant divides his time between the US and India all around the year to stay connected to his roots at Kadamb Dance Centre in Ahmedabad under the tutelage of his Guru Kumudini Lakhia. Prashant’s unique creative and aesthetical approach in his traditional and experimental presentations of Kathak as a soloist and as a choreographer, has earned him a place in the prestigious empaneled list of ‘ESTABLISHED ARTIST’ category in ICCR and also a TOP grade artiste of Indian Television artists panel. Prashant is regularly commissioned by international choreographers to create collaborative works of Kathak with other dance styles like Hip Hop, Belly Dancing, Flamenco, Bharat Natyam, Modern and Contemporary as a dancer & choreographer all over Europe, North America & Asia. As a leading dance member of Kadamb Performing Unit, as a soloist and also as a collaborative choreographer, Prashant has performed extensively all across the globe where his performances are appreciated and acclaimed by both, critics and connoisseurs. To name a new, his presentations are well received with rave reviews in The Hindu, The New York Times, The Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent, San Francisco Chronicle, Dancing Times, The Star Ledger, Voice of Dance and more from respected and eminent dance critics.