blend of sensuous movements and graceful
footwork with absolute control on laya
describes the performance of Moumala,
an accomplished artiste hailing from
the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak.
of Pt. Birju Maharaj, Moumala has widely
performed in India & abroad since
last fifteen years: recent among these
have been in Austria, Poland, Lieuthania,
Slovakia, Canada, USA, Italy, Burma
awards have come way, including the
‘Sangeet Kala Ratna’ by
Maatri Udbodhan Ashram, Dr. Ambedkar
Kalashri Award 1999 by Delhi Chief minister
Smt. Shiela Dixit and the ‘National
Scholarship’ by Ministry of H.R.D.,
Govt. of India.
disciple of Pandit Rajendra Gangani,
is an accomplished Kathak performer
of the Jaipur Gharana who has dedicated
herself to perfecting her art form.
Her excellent command of rhythm, as
well as her natural flair for profound
ex-pression, mark her performances and
are critically acclaimed by connoisseurs.
An A Grade
Kathak Artiste of Delhi Doordarshan,she
has performed widely in major festivals.
Some of these are the Malhaar Festival
of ICCR; Nirat (Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,
New Delhi's 70 year celebrations); Taj
Mahotsav, Agra; Allegro Vivo, Austria;
60 Years of India's Independence, New
York, Tropentheatre, Holland; and the
works include 'Spectrum' and 'Raga-chitra'
(depicting the moods of various ragas)
for Impresario India.
She has been
awarded the Sanatana Nritya Puraskar
and Sanskriti Kalakriti Fellowship for
research in Kathak choreography.
As part of
her endeavour to uphold and promote
the values of aesthetic classicism,
Monisa teaches at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya,