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Know about Dr. Urvashi's journey through her dance career.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Urvashi Shrivastava, who has a Ph.D in Psychology, received her BA in Bharatnatyam Dance from Gandharv Kala Kendra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

She has completed a senior diploma in Kathak Dance from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, UP. She also holds a senior diploma in Odissi Dance from Gandharv Kala Kendra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

She has received honorary doctoral degrees from Maharishi University of Enlightenment and Maharishi University of World Peace in 2007.

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Childhood

Being a defence child, Dr. Urvashi Srivastava travelled through different parts of india, but she lived in Jodhpur for a longer duration.

However, she received lots dance training while she was based in Jodhpur and UKS was also started in Jodhpur initialy.

In her academic years, she has received many awards and accolades which encouraged her to pursue career in dance. Here is a list of few noteworthy achievements:

  • Best dancer Award in Silcher (Assam) 1992.
  • Best dancer Award in Coimbatore city 1994.
  • Best dancer award in AF Station Coimbatore 1995.
  • Best dancer Award at Varanasi organized by APTECH in 1997.
  • Passed MA (Psychology) with distinction (75.1% in aggregate) from J.N.V. University, Jodhpur, 2003.
  • She had been the recipient of coveted, Rs 2000/- p.m. scholarship, offered by Department of culture, Ministry of Tourism and culture, Govt. of India, in folk dances of Rajasthan in the year 2000-2002.

Guru

Bharatnatyam-Dance

Dr. Urvashi has taken formal training of Bharatnatyam dance from Coimbatore, (Tamilnadu), under the guidance of famous Guru Smt. Thulsi Rangnathan. Completed Arangetran on 2nd Jan 1998. Passed B.A. in Bharatnatyam from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Ahemedabad in the year 2000. Gave several Bharatnatyam performances at Rajasthan Sangeet, Natak Academy, Jodhpur, Shastriya Kala Mandal, Sanskar Bharati, J.N.V. University, Jodhpur and at Air Force Stations of Silchar (Assam), Gwalior (M.P) & Coimbatore (T.N.)

Kathak – Dance

Another classical dance which is performed and taught by her is “Kathak”. She took formal training of this dance from Smt. Urmila Nagar, Associate Professor of Kathak dance at Kathak Kendre, New Delhi. Later, she received specialised training in Kathak from Pt. Rajkumar Jabada in Jaipur Kathak Kendra, Rajastan. She received degree of Visharad (Graduate) in Kathak dance from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad (UP) in 2003 with distinction. Has presented stage performances of Kathak at Rajasthan Sangeet, Natak Academy, Jodhpur, Shastriya Kala Mandal, Sanskar Bharati, J.N.V. University, Jodhpur.

Odissi – Dance

The third style of dance which she performs is “Odissi”. She was formally trained in this under the able guidance of internationally renowned Odissi dancer Smt. Ranjana Gauhar, “Padma Shree” awardee. She has presented several stage performances of Odissi dance, too.

Folk Dances of India

She learnt typical ‘Kalbelia-folk dance’ of Rajasthan under the guidance of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR)-Panelist Sh. Kalu Nath ji, a famous choreographer and exponent of Kalbelia dance in Jodhpur. She has also given several stage performance of folk dance of different states of India.

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Newspaper Coverage

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Newspaper Coverage From 2018

A one of it’s kind unique classical dance performance by Dr. Urvashi Shrivastava on Krishna’s life incarnation was one of the major events of Urvashi Kala Srishti in 2018. The program was organised at Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Auditorium, Aundh on April 22nd 2018. The event was weaved around solo dance performances by Dr. Urvashi Shrivastava portraying life and deeds of lord Krishna. Many mainstream news papers have covered this event. Take a look at these articles below to know more:

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Coverage From Past

Meny national and international news papers have taken a note of Dr. Urvashi's innovation in dance through various news articles and interviews. Take a look through below links to read these articles:

Awards

National Nritya Shiromani Award - 2013

Dr. Urvashi Shrivastava was honoured with National Nritya Shiromani Award - 2013 for for her outstanding contribution to promote the classical dance form. This was awarded at the International Dance & Music Festival - 4th Cuttack Mahotsav held at Cuttack, Odisha.

This Festival is an annual meet of the Global Classical Dancers in the Land of Odishi... enhancing the great values of 'Guru-Shishya Parampara.'

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NARI GAURAV SAMMAN PURASKAR - 2019

Dr. Urvashi Shrivastava was honoured on women's day by International Lions Club by *NARI GAURAV SAMMAN PURASKAR* for her extraordinary contribution to society. She was one amongst the six women selected from Pune District for their pioneering contributions to society in different fields and disciplines.