hear meera talking about her journey with kathak
Since the age of 12, Meera has been practicing kathak. She has been learning its subtleties with her guru(dance master) Pt. Ravi Shankar Mishra from Banaras, one of the most active exponent of Banaras Gharana (Banaras‘ style). She thus developed a surprising grace and ease in the interweaving of complex rhythms and graceful movements of kathak.
Since 2006, she has been sharing her time between Europe and India, learning, practicing and performing and teaching on both continents and thus became a guardian of a secular tradition: the Banarasi Kathak.
Willing to develop her skills and to settle deeper into classical music culture, she has now settled down in India, training with her guru, teaching kathak and working with various artists around the country. She lives in her adoptive home, a traditional family of musicians and dancers passing their knowledge from one generation to the next. She is now a demanded performer appreciated for solo and duet in various renowned festivals and institutions (Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh - Varanasi, Sangeet Natak Academy - Lucknow, Taj Mahotsav - Agra and many more).
In Switzerland, where she returns every year, she has been working with local musicians since 2012. Always preparing new projects, and organizing events with her association Nateshwar, she has created, arranged, choreographed and managed various shows with which she regularly performs in Switzerland’s renowned festivals. Amongst her last productions: «Krishna-Leela», a show interweaving kathak, music and story-telling, in an attempt to help the European public discovering the rich Indian tradition trough Shastrya Sangeet, "Nritta-Nritya", a practical and theoretical seminar on the drama aspects of kathak dance (organized with The University of Geneva), and "the Indian summer in Geneva", a month long festival of free animations around Indian classical dances in the parks of Geneva.