Pt. Dr. Rohini Bhate
The life of late Pt. Dr. Rohini Bhate was a devotion to Kathak and its further evolution. Having learnt from yesteryears' stalwarts like Pandit Lacchu Maharaj and Pandit Mohanrao Kalyanpurkar, Rohiniji performed and taught Kathak for over half a century
Guru Rohini Bhate's style is unique, drawing from the Jaipur and Lucknow gharanas and enriched by her deep multi-faceted scholarship. She is highly acclaimed by audiences of the world for her art, knowledge and priceless contributions to this traditional art. She was much sought after by Universities for her erudite lectures and practical contributions to various curricula.
With immense knowledge, dignified presence, dynamic performance and a genius mind, Rohiniji contributed to this art with many rich and contemporary compositions choreographies and thoughts while still upholding the traditional ideas of this dignified art. Her study of music compliments her literary creations giving birth to innovative and highly lyrical compositions and interpretations. She is a scholar, writer, translator, orator, theoretician, teacher and performing artist of Kathak; a rare amalgam of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, classical study and contemporary expression, which she successfully passed on to her disciples.... A Guru and performer par excellence.