Rani Khanam is one of the most sensitive and astute interpreters of Lucknow Gharana of Kathak today. Her style reflects deep comprehension of the dance tradition which has set new dimensions and source of inspirations to younger generation. A powerful and imaginative dancer, Rani Khanam displays a breathtaking technique in both pure dance and in the art of abhinaya.
A cultural visionary, beside an outstanding exponent of Kathak, her contribution to the field of art is profound and unparalleled in traditional dance history. A powerful and imaginative dancer, Rani Khanam displays a breathtaking technique in both pure dance and in the art of abhinaya.
A total belief in herself and the courage to follow her aspirations which made Rani Khanam today the only Indian Muslim Kathak classical dancer of distinction who braved to dance on Islamic verses & Sufiana verses of mystic Sufi poets. It was her faith and dedication to dance that helped her scale heights having a series of firsts with her name.
As an artiste, choreographer and guru, she always strives for excellence. Rani Khanam performs both classical Kathak and her unique repertoire of sacred dances. Her bold and intellectual compositions in traditional themes are brilliant and unique.Awards
Rani Khanam has been honoured for her courageous and pioneering work with awards such as 5th National Women Excellence Award – 2012; Asian Cultural Council Fellowship on "World Dance and Islamic Culture"; The Govt. of India’s: Fellowship and the India Foundation's award as outstanding Kathak dancer. For the past two decades Rani Khanam is performing regularly at reputed national and international festivals. . of India’s: Fellowship and the India Foundation's award as outstanding Kathak dancer.Lecture Demonstration / Workshops
Rani Khanam has promoted Indian classical dance amongst the youth through her lecture demonstrations & workshops throughout India in many educational institutions under the auspices of Spic Macay, I.C.C.R. Sangeet Natak Academy & IIRCC & abroad mainly in U.K, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands & USA.As a Guru: AAMAD-Kathak Dance Centre
As a respected Guru, Rani Khanam has cultivated and groomed some of the finest Kathak dancers in India & abroad.Rani Khanam is the founder director of AAMAD-Kathak Dance Centre in East Delhi. AAMAD is recognised by the department of Culture, Govt. of India, accredited centre of Kathak Kendra-National institute of Kathak dance, New Delhi and empanelled under ICCR, Ministry of external affairs. For more detailsAs a choreographer
Rani Khanam has imbibed the best of the traditional and innovative Kathak dance, which she has enriched with the stamp of her own personality. She used her command of Kathak to create a ground-breaking repertoire of sacred dance based on Sufi and Islamic verses.
As a choreographer, she experimented with a wide variety of themes: traditional, contemporary as well as issued based dance productions. She has choreographed over 200 items including ballets. Her choreographic work displays a fine balance between the use of space, design and bodyline. Dance ProductionsNew creative choreographic work in the field of Women’s rights/ persons with disabilities / HIV- AIDS:
Being a sensitive individual, Rani Khanam has used her talent and artistic instinct to create awareness through her choreography on issue based theme mainly on:Black & White
Rights of Indian Muslim women & women in general towards equality & social justice through “Black & White “production Read MoreShiver
Awareness of HIV/ AIDS issues based dance production 1st ever South Asian Dance / Multimedia Performance piece 'Shiver' was choreographed which tackled a key issue of South Asian women and HIV/AIDS at the South Bank Centre, London Read More
Innovative choreography dedicated to person with disability - Rani Khanam has directed & assisted many internationally acclaimed Therapeutic Theatre ProductionsRead MoreDance in Education
Rani Khanam is in the planning group of DEAA, The Department of Education in Arts & Aesthetics NCERT who created the “Teacher’s Handbook in dance for upper primary stage” of school education for teachers & next generations.