The Kathak performance was presented in a dance drama format, portraying the entire story of Goddess Durga and the myths associated with her. The show was conceptialised and choreographed by Pawar, who played the role of Durga.Hailed as the ‘Dancing Jewel of India’, Pawar has inherited a love for this art form from her father, Pratap Pawar, who is regarded as one of the leading exponents of the Lucknow gharana of Kathak and has won international acclaim for his work and. Pawar started dancing from the age of 8 as a part of her father’s dance troupe in London. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’After continuing her practice under the guidance of her father, she matured into a dancer of immense potential and promise. She returned to India and spent three years of rigorous training under Pandit Vijay Shankar and perfected the art of Kathak dance form, assimilating its Abhinaya and Layakari aspects. She also took training in classical singing under Girija Devi.Endowed with an inherent grace, Pawar’s recitals have been suffused with a rare kind of lyricism. Her scintillating performances with communicative facial expressions, sustained spins and vibrant footwork have established an instant rapport with the spectators. She has a vast, limitless repertoire of emotions and casts a mesmeric impact on her audiences.This program was organised by Gurupranami, honouring Pandit Vijai Shankar .The organisation is supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) and SAIL.