Dr Lata Singh Munshi, a renowned Bharatnatyam Exponent in India
Dr. Lata Singh Munshi is a renowned Bharatnatyam Exponent in India and has performed both nationally and internationally. Born in a music loving family, she received the foundation of art as a heritage.
As she seemed to be deeply inclined towards dancing from a very early age, her parents started dreaming of making her into a renowned dancer.
In 1976, Lata began her training in Bharatnatyam under the guidance of Shri Shankar Hombal.
After her initial training, she did her post-graduation in Bharatnatyam from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya, Khairagarh.
She was awarded Ph.D. for her research on “the Nritya Addhyay” of the Sangeet Darpana from Barkatullah University Bhopal.
In the year 1994, she was honored the fellowship of HRD Ministry, Govt. of India.
After her first stage performance “Arrengatram” in 1985, she performed for Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet Academy’s Programme “Ghunghroo”.
Because of her extra ordinary performance, she was awarded a scholarship by the academy under the guidance of Padmashree Leela Samson and the world famous Bharatnatyam Dancer-duo Shanta Dhananjayan in Chennai (Madras).
She has been a member of the jury for the “Shikhar Samman” for dance awarded by the government of Madhya Pradesh and also been a honorary member of the Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Kala Academy, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
Top Ranking empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.), Lata has choreographed and directed dance dramas such as “Boond aur Aadami”, “Kaalia Mardan”, etc. written by Dinesh Rai.
Lata has also choreographed dances in many stage plays directed by India’s top most directors like B. V. Karanth, Brijmohan Shah, Alakhnandan, Sanjay Upadhyay, ect.
She has also choreographed dances in many short films and tele-films directed by Asmita Khazanchi, Valmiki, Vibha Mishra, Rajesh Joshi, Manohar Ashi, etc.
She has performed at all the prestigious dance festivals of India and abroad including
• Khajuraho International Dance Festival,
• Natiyanjali Festival-Chidambaram,
• Kazakhstan and Tazakisthan Festival,
• Moscow Festival,
• Amir Khan Samaroh,
• Ghunghroo Festival,
• Raigarh Festival (Chakradhar Samaroh),
• Nirala Festival,
• Padmakar Samaroh,
• Ustad Rehmat Ali Khan Sangeet Samaroh,
• Orcha Festival,
• International Yoga Sammelan,
• Sangeet Natak Academy Festival,
• Bandhavgarh Festival, etc.
Recently Dr. Munshi was invited by I. C. C. R. (Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India) to perform at the celebrations of the 40 years of Indian Cultural Centre (I. C. C.) in Fiji from 24th July to 4th August 2012.
She has also conducted many dance workshops and has earned nationwide fame and reputation.
Lata has always favored preservation of the classical form of dancing.
But at the same time likes experimentation and innovation and giving it a new and unique style for the widespread awareness of Bharatnatyam.
She has opened new vistas in Bharatnatyam by experimenting successfully and composing dance using well known Hindi and Urdu poetry in Hindustani Music.
Lata has undergone formal training in Hindustani Music under the tutelage of eminent Sarangi Exponent Padmashri (late) Ustad Abdul Lateef Khan.
Lata has been the recipient of numerous National and International awards and felicitations for her wonderful work in Bharatanatyam such as
• Life Time Achievement by Society for Total Upliftment of Talent India, Bhopal in 2007,
• Kala Gaurav by Iftekaar Cricket Academy in 2007,
• Kala Sadhana Samman by Karvat Kala Parishad in 2008,
• Nirtya Vidha Samman by Sanskaar Bharti in 2009,
• National Nritya Ratna Life Time Achievement by Utkal Uva Sanskrutik Sangh, Cuttack Orissa, in 2010,
• Kala Samman by BJP Prakosht, Bhopal in 2012, etc.
Lata’s creative talent has been lauded time and again by one and all, be they critics, experts, intelligentsia or literati. Lata’s mastery lies in expressing the emotion in minutest details by being immersed deeply in emotion herself. Seeing Lata on stage is a feast to the eye.