Hailing from the renowned lineage of the LUCKNOW GHARANA of Kathak, Shruti Shukla is the daughter of the eminent Kathak Guru, Pandit Munna Shukla.Born in Delhi in Februrary 1980,Shruti grew up in an environment replete with rhythm and music. Her personal inclination pulled her towards Kathak and she received advanced training in Kathak from her Father at National Institute of Kathak
She received the C.C.R.T scholarship from 1992-2000 and then the Kathak Kendra scholarship thereafter, while she pursued the three-year Diploma Honors Course and 2 years Post Diploma Course which she cleared with a first division. She received advanced training from her father at the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, under the National Scholarship scheme of the department of Culture, Govt. of India. She shows equal aptitude for Nritta and Nritya.
Shruti holds a Bachelor degree(Snataka) from Delhi University and Nritya Visharad (First Division) from Gandharava Mahavidyalaya. She has performed extensively in the Kalka Bindadin Kathak Mahotsava, organized by the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, as well as other cities across the country. In 2000 she performed at the Dance Festival in Beijing, China. In 2003 she performed “Nritya Pratibha”, organised by the North-Central Zone Cultural Centre and also at India International Centre, New Delhi. In July 2006, she danced at the Shravan Mahotsava Ujjain at Mahakaleshwar mandir, at Kathakayan Dharitri Kala Kendra, Ranchi and also at Udaipur. In 2007, she perfomed at the Khajurao festival, at the Sangeet Natak Academi Programme honoring Guru Munna Shukla and at Holi programme in Chandigarh. Her performances have been widely acclaimed by the press and public.
Shruti is a ‘A’ grade artist of the Doordarshan. In 2007 she conducted a Kathak workshop for Dharitri Kala Kendra, Ranchi. She has assisted her father, Guru Munna Shukla in several workshops conducted by him including those organised by SPIC MACAY. She has also assisted with the production Ushah-Kaal, staged by D.P.S Dwarka.
Born on 2nd Nov, 1981, Anirudh Shukla is the son of Guru Munna Shukla, an eminent name in the field of Kathak. Anirudh is a graduate from Delhi University who has been trained professionally in the Tabla, Keyboard, Harmonium and the Drums. He has completed Visharad in Tabla from (late)Shri Sunil Mishra( Benaras Gharana) and later on at Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi.
Anirudh has provided tabla accompaniment in dance workshops and Lec-dems organized by Spic-Macay( at Kota and by IRCEN at Delhi, Bilaspur(Chattisgarh). He has also provided accompaniment in school competitions and with students appearing for interviews conducted by C.C.R.T.