Padmashri Pratap Pawar, has a personal style that is unique, unostentatious, serene and characterized by an impeccable technique that blends precision in footwork with aesthetics and imagery (bhav).

Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar, popularly known as 'India's Divine Dancer', is an outstanding exponent and teacher of the North Indian dance form, Kathak. Performing Kathak for the last 55 years, he had the honour of being the first disciple of Pandit Birju Maharaj, from who he received authentic traditional instruction.

Authentic Kathak Dance Classes with Guru Pratap Pawar

Pratap Pawar is a performance artist and choreographer, whose works range from classical Kathak to contemporary fusion; from solo performance to group dance drama.

Padmashri Pratap Pawar has trained over 700 students over the past three decades in Ghana and Trinadad. Currently he conducts bi-annual workshops in Toronto, Canada, where a very large number of students are undertaking training. Pratap has undertaken a lot of work in bringing together different cultures by blending Indian dance with Flamenco, Caribbean, modern dance, etc. For this he has received great acclaim worldwide.

Pratap Pawar Receives 'Padmashree' Award

Panditp Pratap Pawar receives the 'Padmashree' Award from the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on 5th May 2008, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President house), New Delhi.

Also present at this function were India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and other Cabinet Ministers.

Some of the recipients of this years Padma Awards include Smt. Asha Bhosle, Cricketer Sachin Tedulkar, Lord Desai, Laxmi Mittal and Madhuri Dixit, just to mention a few.