Padma Shri Shovana Narayan is known as one of the best Kathak danseuses in the world who performs in India and around the world and has been under the tutelage of Pandit Birju Maharaj Padma Shri Shovana Narayan is known as one of the best Kathak danseuses in the world who performs in India and around the world and has been under the tutelage of Pandit Birju Maharaj. She also performed before several Heads of States and Governments and has trained several Kathak artistes, some of whom are leading artistes of the young generation. As a ‘Choreographer-Performer’, Shovana Narayan has spearheaded and produced international collaborative works with leading dancers of Western Classical Ballet, Spanish Flamenco, Tap Dance, Buddhist Chants with Buddhist Monks and to the compositions of western classical composers. She was the Creative Director-Producer-Dancer of the first ever trilogy involving Western Classical Dance-Kathak-Spanish flamenco in “The Dawn After” in 1994. She delivered the opening & closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games Delhi in 2010 with a thundering success Shovana is a dancer with a cause, deeply committed, involved and aware of people and their problems, and has been deeply contributing to the society by conceptualizing and choreographing several ballets on women’s issues and other social concerns.