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Swati started her kathak training under the guidance of Late Guru Sohanlal (disciple of legendary Guru Jailalji of Jaipur Gharana) at an early age of five and hence after continued under his son Guru Kishen Kumar and later under his nephew, Guru Ramkumar. Swati has further enriched her abhinaya under the legendary odissi Guru Mayadhar Raut.

Over the years Swati has developed a distinct style of her own which has emerged as conception of dance as a mode of devotion and expression of one's own individual perceptions, thereby giving it a unique embodiment.

Years of rigorous training have enhanced the various aspects of performance of parans and tukray of different layakaris, which Swati performs with great poise and grace. The clarity of the forceful tatkaar (footwork) is one of the highlights in Swati's dance style. Swati's forte' lies in bhaav and abhinaya, which form a very integral part of her dance. Swati has choreographed many of her dance recitals which have been hugely appreciated by her audience and critics alike. She uses the grammar of kathak for story telling and depicting issues of contemporary relevance.

Swati is a Nritya Praveen from Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad and is a member of the World Dance Alliance- India (WDA-India). She is a Co-founder and Creative Head of Aadyantara, a not for profit cultural organization based in New Delhi. As an organizer, Swati has been instrumental in organizing seminars and recitals involving imminent personalities of different fields.

Achievements, Recognitions and Awards:

» On behalf of Aadyantara, organized the seminat 'Srijan: Innovationa & Experimentations in Indian Classical Dances' at the India International Centre on November 21, 2009. The key speakers on this event were: Padamshri Shovana Narayan, Padamshri Dr Kiran Seth, Smt Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Smt Rama Vaidhyanathan, Smt Kavita Dwibedi, Smt Shahshiprabha Tiwari and Dr Swati Subodh.

» Interviewed by Doordarshan Kendra, New Delhi twice in 'DD live Evening Show' under the 'Young Achievers' category. The programs were aired in September 2007 and July 2008 on DD National channel

» Performed and interviewed in a program showcasing young talent on DD Bharti in May 2007.

» Co-founder of 'Aadyantara', a registered cultural organization for promotion of Indian art forms.

» Choreographed and performed in 'Rang-Colours of Devotion'. The recital encompassed poems from different eras from various well known poets of their times. These Bhakti and Sufi compositions were portrayed using the grammar of kathak.

» Co-choreographed and performed in 'Govindam'-a kathak dance recital depicting the different facets of Lord Krishna.

» Recipient of the 'Nataraja Award' for contributions to the colleges classical dance initiatives by Sri Venkateswara College in 1995 and 1997.

» Adjudged the Best Dancer at various national and state competitions between 1994-1997.