- Have been in the field of Kathak dance for past 24 years.
- Have been giving regular performances worldwide.
- Privileged to have been invited to perform at
- Nehru Centre, London
- 75 th anniversary of Maharashtra Mandal, London
- Milaap - where Kathak meets Ballet, Tap and Flamenco, in Phoenix, AZ, USA
- International Dance Festival organised by The Cultural Ministry of Sri Lanka
- Maharashtra Mandals in Qatar, Bangkok
- Cultural performances in The Netherlands and Malaysia
- Performed at 2nd ‘Vishwa Marathi Sahitya Sammelan’, Dubai 2010
- Also performed at several places in India like Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Tirupathi, Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Mysore in prestigious festivals such as International ballet festival, Pt. Ram Marathe festival, Kala rang festival, Goa, Pt. Vasantrao Deshpande festival, Pt. Uday Shankar Ballet festival, Bombay Chamber of Commerce’s annual award night, Association of Business Communication Annual Award function. And other places in interiors of India.
- Along with regular Kathak performances, I have also choreographed and have been presenting dance - dramas like ‘Rutuvilasaha (a dance - ballet depicting correlation between human life and the cycle of nature, based on Sanskrit lyrics), ’ ‘Vyadhakatha (the journey of a cruel hunter towards non-violence),’ ‘Nandi Te Pasaydan - a theme based programme (presenting the history of Marathi poetry through last 700 years in the form of Kathak dance),’ ‘Voyage - The Unending Journey (a dance drama that is a melange of Physics and Philosophy depicting the journey of a soul, to reach The Trinity through art and creativity),’ ‘Buddham Sharanam Gacchami (a dance drama based on the life of Buddha)’ etc along with my senior disciples.
- Launched a new programme ‘Kathak Yatra’ recently which includes Vandana, Taal Tintal, Taal Dhamar, Thumri, Chatrang, Tarana, Sargam, Chaitee etc.
- Approved and graded artiste of Doordarshan.
- Run an institute ‘Kathakalaya’ for past 24 years to train young dance enthusiasts and have cultivated many young dancers. I also give duet performances with my senior most disciple and daughter Sayali and also group performances along with my senior disciples.
- Presented at innumerable music and dance conferences.
- Have conducted workshops of several kinds. Some of which are
- Advance training for Kathak dance students conducted in Phoenix & Dallas, USA and at Bhusaval & Surat ( India )
- Training beginners with basics of Kathak
- Workshops for beginners as well students of Indian classical dance conducted from performance point of view wherein they were trained with choreographies on classical and classical based music
- Have been awarded ‘Maharashtra Gaurav’ by Maharashtra Kala Niketan and ‘Nritya Seva Puraskar’ by well known music institute Uttung Sanskritik Parivaar, Mumbai.
This ballet is a melange of Physics and Philosophy depicting the journey of a soul, to reach The Trinity through art and creativity.
This is a story of three incredible phenomena. The 1st incredible happened even before time, space and universe were born. Te Supreme Being, the ‘Nirvikar’ Paramatma; who is unchanged, unruffled created the seed of time, space and universe. It was the first incredible to happen.
The seed had infinite possibilities of creation. Those possibilities exploded. The mixing of all these divine possibilities led to the creation of five basic elements, the Panchamahabhootas. The kaleidoscopic creation of basic elements was so charming that the Paramatma impregnated the basic elements with its own essence, the Atma or the soul. It was the second incredible to occur.
The five basic elements and Atma created colours, smells, sounds, various emotions and sensations; the Samvedanas. This gave birth to beauty and Navarasa, in turn the art forms. This process created yearning in the Atma to meet the Paramatma. The art forms became a journey in search of the Paramatma.
At the climax of expression of art, Atma could feel a link built between itself and the Paramatma. The moment was divine. Not only the artiste but the observer’s soul could also feel the link. It was the moment of supreme joy.
The Voyage is more tempting than the destination..
depicts similarity between the cycle of human life and
the seasons from birth to end.
[This Sanskrit work is penned by
Pt. Prabhakar Bhatkhande and the playback provided by
Asha Khadilkar and Ravindra Sathe. Asha Khadilkar has
also composed the music for the same.
The cultural department for Human Resource Ministry
Government of India had financed this project. It was
presented at the Kalidas Festival at Ujjain, the National
Ballet Festival at Nehru
Centre, the Uday Shankar Ballet Festival at Jaipur and
the Sanskrit Nritya-Natya Mahotsav at Tirupati.]
importance of non-violence in the form of a mythological
A hungry hunter, on the auspicious day of Mahashivratri,
perches on a "Bel" tree waiting for a couple
of deer to turn up to drink water. When he is about
to kill them, each of the deer pleads to him that they
be allowed to meet their beloved ones with the assurance
that they will return to him. The hunter allows them
to leave. Unknowingly, the hunter drops a few leaves
on a "Pindi" of Lord Shiv Shankar, at the
bottom of the tree.
When the deer return, the hunter's heart melts and he
realises the folly of killing animals and vows never
to do so in the future.
This act of both, the hunter and the deer pleases Lord
Shankar, who blesses them by awarding them an eternal
position in the celestial.
poet G.D. Madgulkar has penned this tale. Ravindra Sathe and Uttara Kelkar provided
the playback. This dance has been telecast on Doordarshan and at festivals in
prominent cities like Pune, Nasik, and Thane.]
which presents more
than 700-year old history of Marathi poetry, on recorded
[Besides Mumbai, Ranjana Phadke and her troupe have
also presented this dance-drama at the Maharashtra Mandal,
London, the Somaiyya College Annual Festival, "AnandParva"
and at many other annual day celebrations of prestigious
[Ranjana Phadke also presented a
novel programme, the "Nritya Samvad" in which,
besides the performance, she also explains the finer
aspects of Kathak. Ranjana has presented the "Nritya
Samvad" to a huge and appreciative audience in
Mumbai and Pune. She was also invited by Doordarshan
for a popular programme"Hallo Sakhi", a phone-in-programme
to explain her nuiances of Kathak. Ranjana Phadke has
also performed in the U.K. and Netherlands.]
The state of mind of a Nayika in which she finds herself
vis-a-vis her Nayaka, the beloved.
[The natyashastra lists eight states of the mind and
Ranjana depicts these nayikas through various Hindi
performances to Ranjana's credit include, Kalnirnay
Annual Cultural Nite, Maharashtra Times Sanman Sandhya,
the Government of Maharashtra's Marathi Films Awards
Function and others.
During Ranjana's journey
as a kathak artist, a number of corporate houses including
Hindustan Lever, Glaxosmithkleine, Mahindra and Mahindra,
Voltas, Arvind Mills, Kalnirnay, Asian Paints, Jankalyan
Bank, and the Thane Janata Sahakari Bank, to mention
a few, have sponsored her shows.