Pandit Girdhari Maharaj Son of late Pandit Laxmi narain ji maharaj is an internationally renowned katkak maestro of Jaipur Gharana. Pandit Girdhari Maharaj is a master & virtuosic performer of the classical Kathak tradition. His choreography, performance, & innovation have influenced the north Indian classical dance Kathak. As a dedicated teacher, he has trained many Kathak dancers who have established themselves in the beautiful Kathak world.Having been recognized by the ministry of Human Resources & cultural department government of India & Rajasthan sangeet natak Academy as “Varisth Kathak Guru“, his god gifted creativity has proud him as one of the most versatile Kathak artist from Jaipur Gharana.
Having the privilege of being born & brought up in the traditional Kathak family of Jaipur Gharana ,Received initial training from father pt. Laxmi narain ji & uncle Pt. Kanhaiya lal ji, Further refined the art Under the guidance of Pt. Shambho Maharaj, Pt. Jugak Kishore, & pt. Brahamanan Goswami. Pt. Girdhari maharaj was schooled in both major Kathak traditions, embodying each in his artistry: the graceful & sensual elements of the Lucknow Gharana combined with dynamic & powerful rhythms & movements of The Jaipur Gharana.
With dozens of dance & drama productions based on kathak dance to his name, he successfully performed: – Sampurna Ramayan, Ritu darpan, Damyanti Swayambar, Geet Govind, Urvashi, Chandalika, and Gatirodh in classical dance.
In his performing career he has participated in Bharat Mahotasava & international dance festivals in Japan, Bharat darshan program in France, & cultural program in Nepal. He has conductd workshops & classess in many countries like France & Germany regularly.
Guruji believe in “Guru Shishya parampara” & some of his students are excelling in the Kathak world, among them are Prerana Shrimali, Madhu Badjatya, Rekha tripathi, Jyoti Bharti (Shringaar mani 1994), Roop Singh rathore (International Bhawai dance artist) & Shweta Swati Garg most promising & influencing dancers today from Jaipur Gharana.