Meera, kathak dancer, shooting in Banaras (Varanasi) on the ghats, sunrise

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 organising events with her association Nateshwar, she has created, arranged, choreographed and managed various shows with which she regularly performs in Switzerland’s renowned festivals. The last project she has been working on, «Krishna-Leela» is a show interweaving kathak, music and story-telling, in an attempt to help the European public discovering the rich Indian tradition trough Shastrya Sangeet.

Regularly performing with her duettist Gauri, they mesmerised the audience of world famous Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh with their ease in the unusual “kali taal”, a 6.5 beats time cycle developed by their guru.