Astha M Karlekar

Address: 297, Shaniwar Peth, Behind Veer Maruti Mandir, Pune Maharashtra,411030 Mobile:- +91/9403168990; E-mail:, Astha Godbole Karlekar, Kathak Exponent and Theatre artist This Lucknow born Kathak performer received her professional training under Guru Shishya Parampara from her mother, the famous Kathak dancer Smt. Savita Godbole, a sincere and hardworking disciple of the Kathak Doyen Guru Acharya Lacchu Maharaj of Lucknow Gharana. Astha started getting her lessons in Kathak dance at a tender age of five years. By her devotion sincere efforts and the rigorous training imparted by her mother, shaped her into to a promising young Artist. Astha started showing the spark from eighth year of her age, where she gave her maiden stage performance at Bundelkhand Sangeet Samaroh, where she performed with her mother. Astha won the competition organized by the Prayag Sangeet Samiti at the All India Music Conference held at Allahabad in 1988. Besides winning the competition, she also won the hearts of the audience when she performed at the prize distribution ceremony. Since then, Astha has never looked back and got opportunities to demonstrate her talents by securing scholarships giving performances across local, national and international levels. It was her father Dr. Udaykumar Godbole who encouraged her to choose the field of Arts as her career. In all her pursuits, her parents have stood steadfastly by her, inspiring her to aim for the summit. Marriage is a very important phase of any Indian woman’s life even today there are very few ladies who can continue their career after marriage. Astha is one of the lucky women who has the full support of her spouse in pursuing her career. After 15 years of Kathak training, Astha applied for a 3-year full-time training in Dramatics at the School Of Drama, Kala Academy, Goa under the guidance of the then Director School Mr. Vasant Josalkar and teachers Mrs. Padmshree Josalkar and Afsar Hussain. The theatre element has made the dancing style of Astha different than others. It has Adakari (specialty of Lucknow Gharana), Tayyari and strong Abhinaya. Astha is currently working as freelance artist. She is also as empaneled Artist for Indian Council for Cultural Relationship. Besides these, Astha also has her own institute by the name “Layshala Lalit Kala Foundation” an institute dedicated to Art. Astha is associated with few cultural organizations in India • Director - Layshala Lalit Kala Foundation, Pune • President – Layshala Lalit Kala Samiti, Indore • Program incharge (nritya) – SanskarBharti, Pune Vibhag Educational Qualifications Diploma in theatre Arts, 1999 School of Drama, Kala academy, Goa M.A. Sanskrit Literature, 2005 Devi Ahilya University, Indore. M.A. Kathak Nritya, 2014 Raja Mansigh Tomar University, Gwalior. Scholarships Junior- Center for Cultural Resources and Training. Govt. of India. 10 years Senior- Theatre Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India 2 years Senior- Kathak Dance, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India 2 years Fellowships Junior – Kathak Dance, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India 2 years Languages Known Indian Marathi- Mother tongue Fluency- Read, Write Hindi- National /Regional Fluency-Read, Write Konkani- Regional Language Good Knowledge- Communicate Malwi- Regional Language Good Knowledge- Communicate Sanskrit – Classical Language Good Knowledge Foreign English Good Knowledge- Read , Write French Good Knowledge- Communicate Russian Communicate Foreign Tours FRANCE - 2004 (2 Months) Performance and workshops Address: 297, Shaniwar Peth, Behind Veer Maruti Mandir, Pune Maharashtra,411030 Mobile:- +91/9403168990; E-mail:, FRANCE - 2004 (1 Month) Performance and workshops Hong Kong – 2006 ( 1 and half year) Teaching Uzbekistan – 2016 -2018 Former Kathak Teacher cum Performer at Lal Bahadur Shastri Centre for Indian Culture, under the Embassy of India in Tashkent. Greece, July 2017 World Dance Conference, represented India and Uzbekistan Recent Performances ‘Horizon series’ by Indian council for cultural resources Regional center Mumbai International Dance Congress Greece Lecture Demonstration *Lal Bahadur Shastri Centre for Indian Culture, under the Embassy of India in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. * Samarkand state University, Samarkand, Uzbekistan ‘Indian festival’ ‘Sirdariya’ reagioanal festival, Uzbekistan Republic day function “ Embassy of India” Tashkent. Independence Day “Embassy of India“ Tashkent India Habitat Center New Delhi International Mothers conference New Delhi & Pune ‘Dhundur Mas’ a Sankranti festival organized by Sanskar Bharti Pune Sanskar Bharti Pune Some memorable Performances ‘Horizon series’ by Indian council for cultural resources, Regional center Pune. Maharashtra. ‘Horizon series’ by Indian council for cultural resources Regional Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Kathak Sandhya , Kathak Sansthan Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Birth Centenary celebration of Kathak Doyen Acharya Lachhu Maharaj Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. ‘Pratibha’ Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi Ustad Amirkhan Smruti Samaroh, By Allauddin Khan Academy, Madhya Pradesh Kalidas Samman Arpan Samaroh Bhopal , Madhya Pradesh. Pratibha Utsav, NCZCC Allahabad Pratibha Utsav, SCZCC Bhopal National Sangeet Nritya Mohotsava, SCZCC. Nagpur Akhil Bhartiya Sangeet Samaroh, Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj Kanpur (was blessed by the accompaniment of Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan The great Legend of TABLA Khalipha of Lucknow Gharana ) Durga festival Shree Durga Mata Mandir, Miraj Ganesh festival Sangli, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, National Sangeet Nritya Mohotsava, Khairagah, Chhattisgarh. Vividh kala Mohotsava Govt. of Maharashtra Chimur, Armori, Hingaghat, Pusad, Arvi, Katol Dance Festival Dhamtari And performed at many other places like Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Parbhani, Mhow, Nathdwara, Kakroli across MP, UP, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Some experimental Work in the field of Dance Samudra Manthan Mythological dance drama Use of the compositions of Tabla and Pakhawaj as dialogues Nari Shakti, Textbook poetry dance drama Presentation of text book poetries in dance drama style. Save oil Dance drama Social awareness to save oil. Address: 297, Shaniwar Peth, Behind Veer Maruti Mandir, Pune Maharashtra,411030 Mobile:- +91/9403168990; E-mail:, Pashupati Nath Poetic enactment Poetic enactment by using theatrical elements, like Mask make up, dialogue The journey to light Dance drama Indian Philosophy Duet Kathak and Bharatnatyam Similes in the dance forms. Direction- Dance • Choreographies: GROUP KATHAK, TRIO, DUETS etc. • Dance dramas: Above mentioned Workshops • Body movement for Theatre students of Bhartendu Natya Academy, Lucknow. • Movement Workshop for Theatre students of ‘School Of Drama’ Kala Academy Goa. • 10 days workshop for theatre at Wardha. • Workshop for children on the streets. • Kathak Workshop for Kathak Students, at Sangli. Astha has assisted Guru Smt. Savita Godbole for many Kathak Dance workshops. Theatre experience • ‘The private life of master race’, one act play, B. Brecth Hindi. Directed by Padamshree Josalkar. • ‘Teen Farishte’ full length play Albert Husson Directed by Vasant Josalkar • ‘Ek Samasya Pradhan Paramparik Kahani’. Full length play, Mansoor Ehtesham, Directed by Afsar Hussain. • ‘Ek Ladki Panch Diwane’ Kahani Manchan (story enactment) Harishankar Parsai,Directed by Afsar Hussain • (Konkani Translation of Molier’s Play ‘ La Fabulas scapin)’ Manoharrai Sardesai, Directed by Vasant Josalkar • ‘Sangati’ one act play Marathi. Directed by Shreeram Jog. • Andher Nagri Chupat Raja , K.D. Patil, Full length Play Marathi. Directed by Padamshree Josalkar. • Adam Khor Nova Santinego, full length play, Hindi Directed by Afsar Hussain. • Adhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh, Full length Play, Hindi, Directed by Vasant Josalkar. • Saujanya chi Aisi taisi, Vasant Sabnis, Marathi Full length Play, Directed by Padmashree Josalkar. • A view from the Bridge Sir Aurther Miller, Full length play, Hindi, Directed by Afsar Hussain. • Ha rashtriya Surakshe cha Prashna Ahe, Marathi, Full length play, Directed by Premanand Pole. Directions- Theatre • Pratibimb one act play by Mahesh Elkunchwar, • Urubhangam one act paly by the Sanskrit writer Bhas. • Mandeshi manse, story enactment of Mangesh Madgulkar’s Stories. • Dance direction for Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, (Mahanatya) a Larger than life play. • Bayan a solo narration by Kamleshwer.
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