(Last Updated on : 26-07-2014)
Manisha Gulyani redefined the classical kathak dance to a great extent. Kathak according to her is perhaps the best medium to illustrate the finer feelings and innermost thoughts. Her performances are therefore "stunning, appealing and beautiful" which captivates the viewer while transporting them to the never- never land of joy and trance.
On 14th September 1985, Manisha Gulyani was born. Manisha Gulyani has been regarded as a versatile Kathak Dancer of Jaipur Gharna. She started her training in the dance form of Kathak at the Kathak Kendra under the expert guidance of Dr. Shashi Sankhla.
At this present time, she is involved in heightening her Kathak skills under her guru PT. Girdhari Maharaj. In and around India, she has also performed in numerous dance shows. To name a few: Khajuraho DanceFestival,Kathak Samaroh Rajasthan Utsav , Vindhya Utsav etc. Under the Direction of Pt. Birju Maharaj, Manisha has performed in a composition 'Vande Mataram'. For a Chinese movie and various Dances shows she has also choreographed. Manisha Gulyani has also participated as well as organized various Kathak workshops. This undoubtedly a good Kathak Dancer, has also good command over other Indian Film and Folk Dances like Chari , Ghoomer, Kalbeliya, Mand, Gair,Garba,Dandiya, Gidda, Kashmiri-Doongri, Pahari, Bengali, Odiya and few Tribal dances as well.
Throughout her small career span she has achieved several honors. On Aug-Sep 2007, she has received 'Omi Dance Residency Award' from India in U.S. (New York). She has been the approved artist under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Prasar Bharti). Govt of India has approved her as the artist under Song & Drama Division.
Manisha has also served as a Member of International Dance Council - C.I.D. (UNESCO). As a guest artist she has given a number of Dance performances on television.