Dr. Tina Tambe is one of the most accomplished kathak performers of today. Tina holds NrityaAlankar, a 9 years diploma in Kathak from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai, M.A. in Kathak (Gold Medalist) from Devi Ahilya University, Indore, and has been conferred with the degree of Ph.D in dance with topic of thesis - Dance elements in the poetry of Meera – in context of kathak.
Her Forte: Trained by the expert and proficient gurus of different gharanas, Tina has created a style of her own which is reflected in a beautiful blend that melds the delicacy of Lucknow Gharana, the vibrant energy of Jaipur Gharana and the excellence of Raigadh Gharana. Her commitment, discipline, dedication, passion and riyaaz have engendered in her, a profound confidence and a great authority in presenting Taal (Technical) as well as Abhinaya (expressional) aspects of dancing. These are the unique features that make her performances vibrant, graceful and a delight to watch. Tina has performed extensively, both solo and in the company of her gurus at several prestigious festivals in India and abroad. Years of study devoted to the theory of dance, coupled with rigorous practical training, disciplined practice and myriad performances have helped her carve a niche for herself as one of the most distinguished dancers and teacher amongst her generation.
Her Training: Tina started her initial training in kathak under the guidance of Smt. Ranjana Thakur (disciple of Dr. Puru Dadhich) who helped her acquire a strong base in dance. Later she continued learning under Dr.Suchitra Harmalkar (disciple of Pt. Kartikramji and Pt. Ramlalji of Raigadh Gharana), who’s expertise teaching transformed Tina from a raw talent into a confident performer. Tina’s passion to learnthe finer nuances of kathak brought her to Mumbai for advanced training in kathak from Pandita Uma Dograji, a leading Kathak exponent of the Jaipur Gharana and a Gandabandh Shagird of Great Kathak Maestro Pt. DurgaLalji.
Rigorous training under the able guidance and exacting eyes of all her gurus helped Tina to excel in the art form and reach the heights of beauty and perfection. Apart from this she has also attended many workshops of Padma Vibhshan Pt. Birju Maharaj, Padma Shri Pratap Pawar, Pt. Rajendra Gangani and Late Pt. Kelucharan Mohapatra (for Abhinaya).
As an Organizer: Tina is the Founder Secretary of Ninad Shastriya Sangeet Samiti. Under the banner of Ninad she has been organizing Ninad Concert Series since January 2010, which has become one of the most prominent events in the cultural calendar of Mumbai. Along with Concerts, she also organizes regular dance workshops of renowned artists for the dance students at Ninad Center for Performing Arts.
Apart from dancing, Tina has also acted in TV serials like Chittod Ki Rani Padmini Ka Johar, Powder, Avghachi Sansar (Marathi), Jai Maa Vaishnao Devi etc.
Accolades & Achievements:
Tina has choreographed a full length ballet called RituShringaar based on Kalidasa’s Ritu Samharam, and has put up successful performances all over India,applauded by class as well as mass audiences. She has choreographed 15 compositions of Saint Poet Meerabai for her research work, which was highly appreciated by the panel of examiners.
She also choreographs new dance items and theme based dance pieces on varied subjects for various recitals to add freshness and innovation to each and every performance