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Monday, May 27, 2024

Illuminating Legacy: Pallavi Shome’s Guru Pranam Pays Resplendent Tribute to Kathak Maestro Guru Munna Lal Shukla


In a luminous display of reverence and artistry, the tribute event Guru Pranam unfolded as a poignant homage to the towering figure of Kathak, Guru Munna Lal Shukla. Hosted by Pallavi Shome, a devoted disciple of the maestro, the evening resonated with the echoes of tradition and innovation, celebrating the enduring legacy of Guru Munna Lal Shukla within the Lucknow Gharana style.

Guru Munna Lal Shukla’s journey through the Kathak tradition was not just a personal odyssey but a saga deeply intertwined with the heritage of his family. Nurtured by the wisdom of his father and guided by the illustrious Achhan Maharaj and revered Birju Maharaj, his artistry soared to unprecedented heights. His accolades, including the National Scholarship for advanced dance training in 1964 and the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006, stand as monuments to his unparalleled mastery and dedication.

Pallavi Shome, shaped by the profound influence of Guru Munna Lal Shukla, emerged as a luminary in her own right within the Kathak realm. Trained from a tender age, Pallavi’s journey embodies the essence of the Lucknow Gharana, enriched by her innovative spirit and unwavering dedication to her craft.

At the heart of Guru Pranam lay a compelling panel discussion on the Guru Shishya Parampara tradition, featuring luminaries such as Uma Dogra, Sandip Soparrkar, Renu Sharma, Jayanti Mala, Neelima Azeem, and Sunayana Hazari Lal. They eloquently articulated the sanctity of the bond between guru and shishya, underscoring its pivotal role in preserving and propelling Kathak’s timeless allure.

The event crescendoed with breathtaking performances by revered artists and their disciples, each imbued with the spirit of homage and innovation. From Pallavi Shome and her disciples to Alaknanda Kathak, Sunil Sunkara, Jyotsana Baneerjee, Rashmi Jangam, and Manjiri Deo, the stage became a canvas upon which the legacy of Guru Munna Lal Shukla flourished anew.

Reflecting on the profound impact of her guru, Pallavi Shome articulated with fervor, “Guru Munna Lal Shukla was not merely a teacher; he was the guiding light that illuminated my path in Kathak. His teachings resonate within us students, infusing every step with his wisdom and grace, shaping not just our artistry but our very essence.”

As the evening drew to a close, Guru Pranam stood as a testament to the enduring power of tradition and the timeless allure of Kathak. Through heartfelt homage and artistic innovation, the event ensured that the legacy of Guru Munna Lal Shukla continues to inspire and enchant generations to come.


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