Press Reviews

Guru Pratap Pawar have appeared in the Press all over the World since 1960s. Press have reviewed his live performances, his awards and his passed on talent through his students. Below are some reviews that have appeard in the press...

"Pratap's touching interpretation brought tears to the eyes.."
Reginald Massey, Dancing Times (2005) - Pratap's touching interpretation of a well known poem by Zafar brought tears to the eyes of many...earlier his electrifying display of footwork to an eleven beat time cycle brought the house down.

"Exhilarating jugalbandi of Kathak Flamenco!"
Shanta Sarbjeetsingh, Hindustan Times (1987) - Exhilarating jugalbandi of Kathak Flamenco by Pratap Pawar and Juani Garcia thrilled the audience.

"No one ever mimed Krishna...but...dance of Pratap Pawar"
Chicago Tribune (1963) - No one ever mimed Krishna and his patient spouse quite like Uday Shankar and lovley simkie, but long memories will find a touch of the magic in the dance of Pratap Pawar.

"Refuse to dance"
China Mail (1969) - Embrassassed India Week officials stood by helplessly at the Hilton Hotel last night when their star classical dancer refused to dance. " I wont dance." Said Shri Pratap Pawar, after hearing that guests in the Eagles' Nest would be drinking liquor while he went through his paces.

"Refuse to dance"
China Mail (1969) - Embrassassed India Week officials stood by helplessly at the Hilton Hotel last night when their star classical dancer refused to dance. " I wont dance." Said Shri Pratap Pawar, after hearing that guests in the Eagles' Nest would be drinking liquor while he went through his paces.

"Its against my religion." Said the Kathak exponent brought all the way from New delhi to dance during Hongkong's india Week.

Asian Times (1987)
"Pratap Pawar's poetic dream comes alive"

"Bhavan acclaims 'Padmashri' Pratap Pawar"
Pluse (2008) - Uk audiences at London's Bhavan saw newly acclaimed Padmashri Pratap Pawar for a night of traditional kathak in April this year. Despite some fifty years in dance, the energy and vibrancy of Pratap ji's yester-years was still intact with fast, intricate footwork.

"Dancer steps from India to Hounslow"
The Feltham Chronicle (2005) - Nimbly tripping across the continents, a Hounslow dancer has brought his unique performances to wide-eyed audiences across the world. " I dance Kathak, which is a magical blend of Indian cultures and uses extremely fast footwork." Said 60 year of Guru Pratap Pawar.

"Lord of the Dance"
Hounslow (2006) - Masterclass by Guru Pratap Pawar " The lord of the Dance". Forget strickly ballroom, the latest dance class to hit Hounslow is kathak an ancient north Indian art form. Pratap Pawar who has performed twice for the Queen, is offering lessons.

"The divine Kathak dancer"
Hounslow (2000) - "Ever wondered why an artist performs at an elevation while the audiences are seated below?" he queries and without waiting for a reply visibility factor, there lies another deeper reason. It is a mark of respect for the perform's dexterity and skill. The awestruck audiences bow to the art and not the individual." This is Pratap Pawar for you, the Kathak maestro, popularly known as, "India's divine dancer."

"Kathak Flamenco: Fusion par excellence"
Nagpur Times (1987) – Describing this programme would be incomplete without a mention of Union Minister for energy Mr. Vasant Sathe. As Mr Sathe took the final bow he acknowledged the salute and then stood up and asked the audience to give them a big hand for a "wonderful evening". The dancers responded in their own way. They bowed Indian style and Spainish style and the audience clapped and clapped.

"Kathak Flamenco and Afro-Caribbean vigour"
Asian Times – Transcending the cultural frontiers is the universal language of the arts. Harmony and rhythm always touch the deeper labyrinths of human hearts. Triveni, a combination of Indian, Afro-Caribbean and Flamenco dancers, orgainized by Prata Pawar emphasises this common cultural denominator.

"Royal performer puts on dance workshop"
An internationally renowned dancer who has performed before the Queen, President Kennedy and Indira Ghandi will be giving a workshop in Stanmore next week. Pratap pawar is an expert in Indian classical dance called Kathak. He is a first disciple to Guru Birju Maharaj, who will also be present to give a domonstation of the art, which is less widely known than the popular Indian folk dancing.

"Fine Kathak performance"
Indian Express (1990) – Pratap Pawar, the London based Kathak maestro, presented his Bangaldeshi disciple, Akram Khan in a fine jugalbandi in Kathak with himself at the Triveni Kala Sangam under the auspices of Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad's three day festival.

"Award for Indian Dancer"
 
Times of India (1987) – Renowned Kathak dancer Pratap Pawar has been awarded Greater London Arts coveted Gla Prize. The British Minister for Arts, Mr Richard Luce presented a cheque for £1000 each of pratap and four other artists at a function held at the Shaw Theatre here on October 20.
 

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