Guru Pali Chandra has played a crucial role in taking Kathak to a global audience. Her productions represent some of the greatest tales from folklore, seamlessly transitioned into a palatable avatar for a modern audience.
Some flowers are simply meant to bloom. Similarly, Guru Pali Chandra was simply meant to dance. It is deeply rooted in her essence, she admits. And ardent fans of her Art shall be glad to know that she dedicated her entire life to this beautiful art form.
Kathak is centered around the art of storytelling, and Guru Pali Chandra is among its greatest exponents of the modern age. She relishes the chance to gently enchant her audience into a maze of the classics, woven perfectly to entice and entertain to no end. Her work reflects a solemn understanding of her Art, coupled with a ferocious work ethic and an instinctual connection with her viewers.
Her journey began at the Lucknow Gharana, where she was raised under the watchful eyes of Guru Vikram Singh. He recognized her talent at the young age of eight, believing he was in the presence of a prodigy. She would initially resist formal dance training but eventually succumbed to its charm. Her performances would break man-made boundaries with ease and she hasn’t looked back since.
Guru Pali Chandra is the Chairperson of the Board of Advisors and the Chief Mentor for NatyaSutraOnline. Her input and directives have aided this venture since its inception. Her own forays into the digital education sphere helped her introduce traditional nritya to a virtual market. The NatyaSutraOnline team gains inspiration from her unique perspective and enduring zeal. As a global dance visionary, she spearheads our attempt to bring Indian classical to every household across the world.
Presently, she helms Gurukul Studios in Dubai, Switzerland, and Bangalore as their Artistic Director. The House of Commons in London awarded her the title of Best Art Director for her production 'In The Shadow Of The Hills' and she received the Women of Excellence Award 2013 in Abu Dhabi. Be it Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bradford, Seattle, London School of Contemporary Art or the Berlin Museum, her workshops attract large crowds of Kathak aficionados. Her online classes have been divided into levels that are easily accessible to a multitude of students, based on their previous training in Kathak.