Late Praveen Gangani


Late Praveen Gangani hailed from a family of dancers belonging to the Jaipur Gharana. Initiated into this profession from an early age by his brother, Guru Shri Manish Kumar Gangani, later he went under the tutelage of Pandit Birju Maharaj. He was among the leading Kathak Exponents of his generation. Having learnt both the Lucknow and Jaipur gharana styles, Praveens dance was a rare combination of both. His repertoire reflected a beautiful and harmonious blend of both these styles. He has received much critical acclaim for his spellbinding footwork and fast pirouettes. He also had a commendable command over the abhinaya aspect of Kathak. Besides being a dancer of repute, he had proved his worth in the field of choreography. He choreographed a number of ensembles, notably a fusion piece in which he worked with Flamenco dancers. He has been invited by many cultural institutions to choreograph productions. He choreographed Yog Yatra Ballet based on Kathak & Yoga which was presented at Pathanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar. He was an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations as an established Kathak solo performer. Praveen received several awards, among them Shringar Mani award given by the Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay and Gopal Parohit Award by Sabrang, Jaipur. Praveen Gangani has not only made a name for himself as a soloist of exceptional caliber and a choreographer, but has also made a significant mark as a tabla and pakhawaj as well as naal player. For the years 2007 to April 2010 Praveen taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural centre in Moscow, Russia, where he was sent by ICCR. He gave many solo appearances on the stage, and also composed several innovative items for the ballets made on Indian Mythological Storey in Moscow. In this period he trained many disciples who are following his style and are now performing at various venues in Moscow and other cities of Russia.