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Tejashree Biography

Tejashree (born Sonali Jaikumar Khele) is a popular Indian film actress who appears in Kollywood movies. She is considered one of the leading stars in the industry. Tejashree is originally a kathak dancer, trained in kathak by her father Master Jaikumar Khele, a disciple of Pandit Gopi Krishna Maharaj. After a few modeling assignment, she broke into the Southern Film Industry. She has danced in many item numbers. good roles big banner films.her dancing style is very uniq. she is very good cammand on tamil language.being a maharastrian from mumbai.she has appeared in many tele adfilms such as chennai silk saree shop,kritika shikekai shampoo powder,K.P.G. jwellwer and many.she is busy doing many star night stage shows within the country and abrod. Some of her biggest box office hits include Madhurey (2003), ottran (2003), Arya (2003).

Tejashree's father Jaykumar Khele is running a kathak dance school while her mom Shaila is a housewife, who was a teacher n later on priciple of the school. She was singer,too. Tejashree has a brother Sailesh who is into the hotel industry. who recently got married with Priyanka. He's got a outlet in Goa, running his restaurant as well as Industrial catering. His catering name is Shree Samarth Caterers. And now soon opening another outlet in Mumbai as well. Tejashree's hobbies are listening to music, watching movies, playing the violin, learning new languages. She loves to work as well as cooking Indian, conti & chinese.

KATHAK is among the six major classical dances of India and one of the most dynamic theater arts in the world. The word Kathak is derived from katha, meaning "the art of storytelling." It is also synonymous with the community of artists known as Kathakas whose hereditary profession it was to narrate history while entertaining. With dance, music and mime these storytellers of ancient India would bring to life the great scriptures and epic so ancient times, especially the great Indian epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana and the Puranas of Sanskrit literature. From its early form as a devotional expression dedicated to the Hindu gods, Kathak gradually moved out of the temples and into the courts of the rulers; the Hindu maharajas and the Muslim nawabs. With these rulers' cultural wealth and preoccupation wi th lavish entertainment, a class of dancing girls and courtesans emerged to entertain the palaces. Much later, during the mid-1800's, Kathak enjoyed a renaissance and gained prominence among the kings and zamindars (feudal overlords) not only as a form of entertainment, but as a classical art form. In the Hindu courts of the vast semi-desert of the principality of Rajasthan, kathak developed in the Jaipur gharana (school), a regional style emphasizing the technical mastery of pure dance. To the east in the court of Wajid Ali Shah, the last nawab of Oudh and himself a student of Kathak, the dance emphasized dramatic and sensuous expression and developed into the style characteristic of the Lucknow gharana. This gharana is said to have originated with Wajid Ali Shah's court dancer Thakur Prasadji. The lineage of Kathak dance can be traced from generation to generation, father to son, guru to disciple. Thakur Prasadji's nephews, Binda Din Maharaj and Kalka Prasad, excelled in the study of Kathak. Binda Din's three nephews, Achhan, Lacchu and Shambhu Maharaj, helped carry the Kathak tradition into the twentieth century. Achhan Maharaj, and upon his death, Shambhu Maharaj, had among his many disciples Ram Narayan Misra and Prohlad Das, respectively guru and father of Chitresh Das

KATHAK - A CLASSICAL DANCE OF NORTHERN INDIA by David Courtney, Ph.D.


ÃKathak is the major classical dance form of northern India. The word kathak means "to tell a story". It is derived from the dance dramas of ancient India. When the patronage shifted from the temples to the royal court, there was a change in the overall emphasis. The emphasis shifted from the telling of religious stories to one of entertainment. Today, the story-telling aspect has been downgraded and the dance is primarily an abstract exploration of rhythm and movement.

Kathak was primarily associated with an institution known as the tawaif. This is a much misunderstood institution of female entertainers, very much like the geisha tradition of Japan. It was a profession which demanded the highest standards of training, intelligence, and most important, civility. It is said that it was common for royalty to send their children to the tawaifs for instruction in etiquette. Unfortunately, when the British consolidated their hold over India during the Victorian era, this great institution was branded as mere prostitution and was outlawed. This set the artform of kathak into a downward spiral that was not reversed until Independence when there was a reawakening in interest in traditional Indian. Teja

Tejashree was born and brought up in Nasik. She completed her education and graduated in Kathak Visharath in 1995 under her father, kathak dance master Jaikumar Khele, who is himself very well known.

Since Tamil Movie, Tejashree has appeared in many big budget films, with overall success, she has played many importante roles in good subjects. Tejashree has appeared in many Telgu and Kannada films, as well as those in Gujrati and Marathi.

Some of her biggest box office hits include Madhurey (2004), Ottran (2003), Arya (2007), "Imsai arasan 23rd Pulikesi" (2006) ,"Unakkum enakkum" (2007).

Tejashree's fan-following is very large.Tejashree always thankful to fans.
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