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Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke

Kathak dancer, choreographer

Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke
   Biography
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke is a well known Kathak dancer, Choreographer and teacher based in Dombivili, India. Her training in the popular Indian classical dance Kathak started at a very tender age of six. She was fortunate to receive tutoring under the revered Kathak teacher Nrityalankar Dr. Manjiri Deo. She earned her Nritya Visharad (equivalent to bachelors) and Nritya Alankar (equivalent to masters) in Dance from Gandharv Mahavidyalaya. She believes in continuous study and elevates herself by attending workshops under renowned artists like Pt.Birju Maharaj, Dr. Puru Dadhich, Pt. Mukundraj Deo, Archana Jogalekar, Pt. Munnalal etc.

Over the last few years she has performed in many prestigious festivals and events organised by established Art Circles like Vashi Fine Arts Society, social responsibility clubs such as Rotary Club and spiritual places like Dwarakadish Temple. Her performances at season special events like Rang Varsha and Durgashtami have been well appreciated by the audience. She had the good fortune to perform with her Guru Dr. Manjiri Deo on many occasions and in many distinct programs. Some of the programs with unique character are – ‘Chhand Sugandh’, a program based on Dr. Manjiri Deo’s research work, ‘Kathak-Lavani Susanvad’ and ‘Panchnaad’, a dance ballet elaborating the various chapters of  ‘Natyashastra’.

As a choreographer Vrushali Dabke has rendered significant contribution to the field of Kathak. She has choreographed programs based on Patriotism, Devotion, Motherhood and many such themes. She has even experimented with Kathak based on Hiku, the Japanese poetry translated in English. One of Vrushali’s most proud compositions has been with deaf and dumb students of Zaveri Muka-Badhir Vidyalaya.

Vrushali Dabke has received many awards for her mastery of the Kathak dance. She is a recipient of ‘Late Lilatai Vartak Smruti Uttung Shastriya Nritya Naipunya Puraskar 2008’,  an award given by  Uttung Parivar Trust organized by renowned classical singer Sau. Asha  Khadilkar. She is also a Rotary Excellence Award recipient.  Prize in Mood Indigo, 2003 Dance competition organized by IIT, Pawai. And Adarsha Dombivlikar award 2014 for work in classical dance.

Vrushali Kolhatkar Dabke is active in the field of education. She is the Sanchalika of  ‘Shree Mudra Kala Niketan’, an academy of arts that trains students in Kathak, Tabla, Keyboard, Guitar, Singing etc. She is the chief faculty of dance in the Dombivili branch of Sanskar Bharati. Her book ‘Laymanjiri’ contains life sketches of over 100 classical music artists over the last 150 years. It is probably the only book of its kind in Marathi. In her capacity as an expert and guide, Vrushali has served as a judge on panels of many dance competitions.
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Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Pavitra Bhat.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Pavitra Bhat.
Kathak dancer Vrushali Dabke
Kathak dancer Vrushali Dabke
Vrushali Dabake Kathak dancer.
Vrushali Dabake Kathak dancer.
Vrushali at Upvan festival.
Vrushali at Upvan festival.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Shriram Deo.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Shriram Deo.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Guru Sau Manjiri Deo.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Guru Sau Manjiri Deo.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Pt. Mukundraj Deo.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke with Pt. Mukundraj Deo.
Kathak Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi with Pavitra Bhat.
Kathak Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi with Pavitra Bhat.
Performing Amad.
Performing Amad.
Performing in Nrutya Sangam Jugalbandi.
Performing in Nrutya Sangam Jugalbandi.
Thant
Thant
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke showing Raudra rup.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke showing Raudra rup.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke doing padhant.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke doing padhant.
 Kathak dancer Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke
Kathak dancer Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke on stage with students.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke on stage with students.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke performing in program.
Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke performing in program.
Book Cover of LayaManjiri
Book Cover of LayaManjiri
CD-Cover of Laymanjiri
CD-Cover of Laymanjiri
Vrushali performing for Rang Varsha - Thane in 2008
Vrushali performing for Rang Varsha - Thane in 2008
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke's students performing in Mulund festival - 2015
Vrushali Dabke performing in Nrutyayog on International Yog day
Vrushali Dabke performing in Nrutyayog on International Yog day
   Career
Vrushali Dabke has performed on many prestigious platforms. She has many performances to her credit. Listed below are some of her performances

Kathak solo performances:

  • Performance at Kashinath Ghanekar auditorium in program Antahswar
  • Performance at Pune in program on the theme  River
  • Performance at Savitribai Phule auditorium in program Nrityasangam, a combined effort of blend of Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance forms
  • Performance on Rutubandishe on 6 seasons at Gadkari rangayatan.
  • Performance on Natyageets in program Ranga Natyageetache at Gadkari rangayan.
  • Performance at Dwarakadhish Temple  at Apta Phata,Raigad district in prog  Devi-Namastubhyam.
  • Conceptualized and performed in program  Kathak-Bharatnatyam jugalbandi at Vishnudas Bhave auditorium, Vashi; organised by Vashi fine arts society.
  • Performance in Malhar Utsav named 'Rang Varsha', organized by Waves musicals, in Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane.
  • Performed in Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Vashi in monthly program.
  • At ITM  college, khargar on the occasion of monthly Sangeet Sabha.
  • Performance at Music Circle program organized by Shree Ganesh Cultural academy and Brahman Sabha.
  • Performed at Pu.La. Deshpande auditorium, Parle, Mumbai, in program Aho| Ammhi ahot na organized by Uttung Trust. 
  • At the famous temple of Penn, on the occasion of ‘Shree Gajaanan Maharaj Pragat Din’.
  • Performed at Durgashtami Festival of Bengal Association, Ambernath.
  • Performed at 'Maharashtra State Conference 2006’, Pune of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.
  • Performed at ‘Gokulashatami and Independence day program’ by Vashi Fine Arts Society, Women’s’ Wing, Vashi.
  • Performance at Diwali Mania for Foreign Students at Govt. Law College, Mumbai organized by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
  • Lecture-demonstration on Kathak Dance at above function.

Conceptualized, choreographed and performed in 
  • Nrtitya –Ek Rajyog and Latarang organized by her academy at Savitribai Fule auditorium, Dombivali,
  • Choreographed and Performed in 4 hours program Nrityasohala-Sanasankruticha’ at Gadkari Rangayatan.
  • ‘Sapta-Ranga 2012’, explaining through dance the colours in our life, ‘Shravanat Ghananila 2011’ based on the songs composed by legendary musician Late Shree Shrinivas Khale, ‘Masti 2010’ on the compositions of Ajay-Atul and A.R.Reheman, ‘Janajagruti nritya-abhiyan 2009’ covering subjects of education, environment, culture etc., ‘Nritya Tushar 2008’, and ‘Nrityakunj 2007’  at Ambamohotsav, Thane.
  • Lalana’ on streeshakti at Khandava, MP
  • Bhakti rang’, at Chembur, Vashi  and Pawai
  • ‘Jai Gangadhar’, narrating stories and songs of Lord Shiva, GangaMata and about and at Trimbakeshwar-one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Imortantly, the stage was in auspicious Kunda, for the occasion of GangaUtsav, 
  • Renaissance-through Dance’, at Nasik-Lions club, Badalapur, Kalyan.
  • Maharashtrachi Lokadhara’, at  Rotary Club, Thane 
  • in 3 hours program ‘Utsav…Nritya Gitacha’ comprising of Dance, Drama,  Vocal and instrumental solo, organized by Sanskar Bharti, Bhandup, on the eve of Gudhi Padva. 
  • Performed in ‘Mai Marathi' program organised by Sahayog Mandir Yog Sadhana Kendra and shared the stage with respected Smt. Suhas Joshi, Prof. Pravin Davane. 
Participated under the guidance of Guru Dr. Manjiri Deo, in:
  • Chhand-Sugandh’ program based on research work of Guru Dr. Manjiri Deo, at Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium.
  • On occasion of 60th birthday program of  Guru Dr. Manjiri Deo 
  • BPCL annual function , Chembur
  • Kathak-Lavani Susanvad’ at Tejaswini award function at auditorium of Harekrishna temple, Juhu, Mumbai.
  • Nache mana mora’ organised by LIONS club, Thane. 
  • Nine days Dance Festival organized during ‘Nav Chandi Yag’ at Badalapur.
  • 9th Kokan Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Dadoji Kondadev Stadium, Thane.
  • Diwali Pahat program at Gadkari Rangyatan.
  • Cultural program  in Varsha Marathon at Thane.
  • Navaratri Dance Program at age old Kopineshwar Mandir, Thane.
  • Ganesh Festival Award function at Gadkari Rangayatan.
  • Doordarshan, New Year Programme.
  • Dance Drama ‘Dashavtar, Aple Samaj Guru’ at Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane.
  • 'Panchamved' a dance ballet elaborating the various chapters of 'Natyashastra' for the occasion of 'Bharatmuni Jayanti'.
  • Durga-Utsav’ of Bengal association, Thane.
  • Program at SAIBABA Mandir, Vartaknagar, Thane.

Choreography:
  • Dance Choreography of Navras Ke Rang of Dynanasadhana College Thane.   
  • Choreographed and Performed in 'Triveni' dance, drama and singing of devotional songs organised by Sanskar Bharati at Gadkari Rangyatan Auditoriium, Thane. 
  • Choreographed the theme based dances on the theme of Matrushakti wherein four forms of mother- ata, Mayaboli, Matrubhoomi and Jaganmata were elaborated through dances. Experimented in dance with poetry narration which is unique in its own way. The program was ‘Bharatmata pujan’ on the eve of Republic Day. 
  • Choreography for program organized by Bharat Vikas Parishad, Vashi on occasion of celebration for 150th year of ‘1857  Swatantrya Sangram’ at Vishnudas Bhave auditorium
  • Worked in cultural committee of Ruia College and experimented in choreography and performance on Japanese Hyiku (poetry form) translated in English as well on Marathi Bhavgeet. 
  • Choreographed the dances for Zaveri Muka-Badhir(Dumb and Deaf) Vidyalaya Students performing at Gadkari Rangayatan auditorium.   

Other Activities:
  • Worked in the panel of Jury in dance reality show ’Aka Peksha Ek’ on Zee TV. 
  • In the panel of teachers for conducting  workshop  for women above age of 30 years (First in Maharashtra).
  • On the panel of Judges for various special and cultural dance competitions held by well known cultural organizations like Rotary Club, Sanskara Bharati, Sommaiyya College etc.
  • Paper checker of examinations conducted by Gantharva Mahavidyala, Miraj.
  • Judge for Interschool folk dance competition, Takshashila competitions for classical and folk dance, Hindu Jagruti mandal, Naupada Maghi Ganesh Utsav Thane, Uma Nilkanth ganeshutsav Brahman socirty.
  • Training in classical singing under the guidance of Guru  Shri Anand Karmarkar ( disciple of late Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki)
  • Participated in acting workshop conducted by renowned actress Smt. Suhas Joshi.

   Programs

Marathi Folk Dance by Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke

In this program, Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke exhibits the folk dance of Maharashtra (India) in the form of Lavani, Koli dance,etc.

Kathak Recital by Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke

Kathak performed by promising Kathak artist Vrushali Kolhatkar-Dabke. Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from Uttar Pradesh, India.
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