Curriculum Vitae

"Ms. Pallabi De has been learning Kathak since a very tender age and has now blossomed into a mature artist with a good stage presence. She has good command over technique and footwork. Her movements are graceful and neat. She has an expressive face. I wish her success in her career." - Pt. Birju Maharaj

Professional Field – Kathak Dance (Lucknow Gharana)
Educational Qualification - Post Graduate in Economics.

Training – Initially trained by her Guru Smt. Kanan Sen and has later seeked advanced training from Guru   Pt. Birju Maharaj from Kalashram, New Delhi.

Achievements :
  • First position in many dance competitions notable among them are 1st in Nehru Talent Contest, third position at W.B. Rajya Sangit Academy and All India Dover Lane Music Competition .

  • Holder of National Scholarship from the Department of Culture, Govt. of India.  

  • Empanelled artist of - The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Delhi Doodarshan, IRCEN & SPICMACAY.

  • Sangeet Praveen Degree holder from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.

  • Examiner of Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.

  • Repertory Member of KALASHRAM- an Institute of repute founded by Pt. Birju Maharaj.

  • Awarded Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puroskar for the year 2010 for her achievement in the field of Kathak by The Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  •     Pallabi De receving the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2010 for her achievement in the field of Kathak Dance by the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Smt. Leela Samson in New Delhi.

Participation in Festivals :


  • Performed in the 2nd Asia Arts Festival (Beijing), Sanghai, Guangzhou in China, Myanmar and Malaysia (1999 – 2000) in the group choreography of Pt. Birju Maharaj organized by I.C.C.R., New Delhi.
  • World Music Theater Festival – Holland (2002).
  • United Kingdom (2005, 2007, 2015).
  • Sponsored by ICCR for the International Thailand Festival (2007) at Bangkok.
  • India Festival in Zuric,Switzerland (2008).
  • Performed at festivals in Frankfurt, Budapest, Poland, Amsterdam, Spain in 2008 through ICCR.
  • World Festival of Black Arts in Africa (2010) organized by Seher.

Solo Performances
She has presented Solo recitals at the “New – Talent” festival organized by WB Sangeet Academy , “Kathak Utsav”, “Kathak Mahotsava” organized by Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, Pratibha Utsav (EZCC, Kolkata), Gunjadvenu Kathak Festival (Sangeet Academy, Aurangabad), Nehru Centre (London), Lowry Theatre (Manchester), Arts Depot (Finchley, London), Rich Mix Theatre (London) India International Centre (New Delhi), India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), Prayag Conference (Allahabad) Rashtriya Kathak Sansthan (Lucknow), Sangeet Natak Akademi Festivals at Simla, Delhi, Silchar(Assam). Uday Shankar Nrityotsav (Kolkata), Janmasthami Utsav (Vrindavan), Gauhati (Assam) organised by Rotary Club, Kathak Marathon (Kolkata) organised by Padatik Dance Centre.

Performed at the Kathak Maha Yagya Festival at Handia in Allahabad organised by Kalashram, New Delhi.

Performed at the Meera Mahotsav at Chittorgarh Fort (Rajasthan).

Solo performance at Benaras organised by Nataraj Sangeet Academy.

Solo performance at the Azad Bhavan Auditorium at I.C.C.R (Delhi) amidst American Delegates and solo performance at the Taiwan Embassy (Delhi).

Solo Performance at the Kamani Auditorium (New Delhi) on the eve of the award ceremony of The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar organised by The Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Lecture performances at schools and colleges in Delhi, Orissa, Raipur, Bhiwani under the banner of IRCEN.

Lecture performances in Educational Institutions at Kota, Bundi, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Chittor and Ajmer under the banner of SPICMACAY.

Workshop and demonstration in ten Government Schools in Kota (Rajasthan).

Tutored and performed at the Eastern Region SPICMACAY Convention at IIT Kharagpur.

Assisted Smt. Saswati Senji at the Kathak Workshop at the International SPICMACAY Convention at IIM Joka, Kolkata.

Tutored and performed at the Rural Intensive Programme organised by SPICMACAY at SIWAN (Bihar).

Performed with her group at the Udaipur Palace organized by Swardhara Events.

Performed in various educational institutions in Chattisgarh and West Bengal under the banner of SPICMACAY

Group Productions

  • Performed in the “Kalka – Bindadin” festival (Delhi) , Uday Shankar Nrityotsav” (Calcutta), in Guru Kanan Sen’s choreography.

  • Under the group compositions of Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pallabi has performed at the Vasantotsava Festival (2000 - 2013) 6th Uttar Pradesh Parva organised by the U.P. Government (Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata), Andhra Pradesh Festival (Hyderabad), Surtaal Open Theatre (Delhi), in the item 'Shristhi' at Radisson Fort (Raichak) and Mumbai along with Louis Bank and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Ananya Festival (Purana Quila, Delhi). Festivals organised by Impressario India (Delhi), Lucknow Mahotsava, Jaipur Kathak Kendra Festival, Bhopal, Indore, Patiala, Allahabad, Gwalior, Rajgir Mahotsava, Hampi Utsav, Konark Festival, Chowmahalla Palace (Hyderabad), Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (Delhi), Holi Utsav (Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Delhi), ISKON show at Vrindaban, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Spain, Festival Of Arts (IIC, Delhi),Krishnakriti Festival(Hyderabad) .

  • In the ballet Romeo and Juliet (Choreographer - Saswati Sen), staged at Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune Allahabad, Lucknow, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Taj Mahotsava etc.

  • Performed at the Gitanjali Auditorium at Shantiniketan on the celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Guru Rabindranath Tagore Under the group Choreography of Pt. Birju Maharaj. 

  • Under the banner of SPICMACAY performed with Saswati Senji in several Delhi Schools and Colleges and with Pt. Birju Maharajji at the Oberoi (Delhi), Delhi University, Jaipur, Digboi, Dibrugarh and Guwahati.

  • Performed with Malti Shyamji in her choreography staged at Neemrana Fort (Alwar), at IGNOU (Delhi) and at the World Festival of Black Arts in Africa. 

  • Performed with Saroja Vaidyanathanji at Pragati Maidan, organized by the Indian Institute of Metallurgy.

Special Performances

In two Hindi Films “GADAR – Ek Prem Katha” and “DEVDAS” (Director – Sanjay Leela Bansali) under the choreography of Guru Pt. Birju Maharaj.

Performed at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of the then President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Performed at the U.N.O. Summit at Old Fort, SAARC Festival at Siri Fort and the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Banquet at the Taj Palace, Delhi, on SAARC Summit.

Performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Common Wealth Games in Delhi on 3rd October, 2010 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Pallabi has tutored at KALASHRAM (Pt. Birju Maharaj's Institute). She has also tutored at workshops at Kota, Delhi, West Bengal organised by SPICMACAY and several workshops in the United Kingdom  organised by KADAM,  Milapfest and Sujata Banerjee Dance Company. 

Pallabi is now teaching at BRIJDHAM, her own institute, at Kolkata.

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