Sunderlal Sathyanarayan Gangani

Born in 1929 in Churu district of Rajasthan, Shri Sunderlal Gangani received training in Kathak dance from Shri Shivanarayan and Shri Gauri Shanker. He also received training in Tabla under his uncle Shri Hazarilal Gangani. Shri Sunderlal Gangani is a senior representative of the Jaipur gharana of Kathak. He started teaching the dance in 1951 at the M.S. University of Baroda and retired from the University in 1989 as a Reader in the Dance Department. He has created several compositions in the form of Parans, Kavits, Bhajans and Thumris, and has choreographed dance-dramas for his students. He is also known for his Tabla accompani- ment. His disciples are now teaching Kathak dance at various universities in India and abroad. Shri Sunderlal Gangani has received several honours including the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1981 and the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1995. Shri Sunderlal Gangani receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to Kathak dance.