Teachers (Guru), not only transfer knowledge, but also culture, values to the next generation. And this is our real wealth. The teacher could be the one to imbibe these values in young minds in a far off land, nothing but a link that would connect the little budding artists with their heritage, show them the wealth of knowledge, art and tradition. We are fortunate that we received at least a part of it from our earlier generation.
Mrs. Meera Dhanu ( Ganapathy )

With an initiation to dance at the age of 3, performing her Arangetramat at the age of 7and becoming a success story in her teens, Meera Dhanu (Ganapathy) has carved a niche in the world of classical dance. She is a distinguished disciple trained at the feet of the gurus of Rajrajeshwari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir and has been trained for more than 25 years under their tutelage. She had the privilege of learning dance from Guru Kalyansundaram. Along with her sister, the famed Vani Ganapathy. She has performed in India and abroad. Her performances in the presence of the King and Queen of Nepal, the President and Prime Minister of Romania, Bharat Ratna Smt. M. S. Subbalaxmi, at the 75th birthday of Sri Satya Sai Baba have always rendered accolade to her. Her latest achievements are performing in Kalidas Mahotsav - Nagpur, 78th Aakhil Bhartiya Sahitya Sammelan, Tyagraj festival - Delhi, in the presence of the President of India - Abdul Kalam for the 60th diamond jubilee of the school from where she started her first dance lesson. She has now established a Bharatha Natya Academy 'Nritya Sharda' in Nashik. Her endeavor is to follow the tradition of her Gurus and impart knowledge. 'Nritya Sharda' has seen many of its students perform their Arangetram.
Shri Sadanand Balakrishnan ( Balam Sir )

Shri Sadanand Balakrishnan has received his education in dance from the Kerala Kala Mandalam. He has a diploma in Kathakali, B.A. degree in Kathak, M.A. ( Alankar) in Bharatanatyam . He has been a dance teacher at various places like Bhusawal, Akola, Khamgaon, Indore, Bhopal and Dhulia from 1950 to 1982. In 1982 he founded his dance institute Natraj Nritya Niketan at Nasik. He has been imparting lessons in Bharat Natyam in Nasik since 1982 at Natraj Nritya Niketan of which he is the founder and sanchalak. Even today, at the age of 80, he conducts lessons and exams for Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He has hadthe honour of performing in the presence of Dr. Radhakrishnan, V. V. Giri, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Zakir Hussain and Neelam Sanjeev Reddy. He was also felicitated by the Govt. of India.
Mrs. Rekha Nadgauda

Rekha Nadgauda started her illustrious career in kathak at the young age of 10. Rekha Nadgauda's total dedication , devotion, towards this art form & her determination to propogate kathak bore fruits on 23 Feb 1976, named 'Kirti Kala Mandir' a first kathak dance institute of Nashik. The greatest award she has received is the success of her Kathak Dance institute ' Kirti Kala Mandir' and the success of her students in the field of Kathak. Being a guru, choreographer for last 34 years she has imparted her knowledge in her students and brought to reality her unique ideas through her various productions. She is of the opinion that one should never stop learning. Such is the multidimensional persona of Rekha Nadgauda. A humble student, a devoted teacher, a creative artist and above all warm person dedicated towards the cause of promoting art. Rekha's immense knowledge of Kathak is well known all over India and she is frequently invited to guide the students of Kathak . 'Srigarmani' title by Sursingar Sansad , Mumbai 1985 and she has conferred as Guru by Sursingar.
• Kalakar Bhushan' award by Andhra Bhasha Hindi Prachar Samiti in 1992 .
• Professional Dance Merit' by Rotary Club of Nashik in 1998.
• Sanskruti Vaibhav ' award in 1999
• Lokmat Sakhi - Gaurav Puraskar' in 2002 .
Rajashree has been fortunate to receive guidance from senior gurus like Dr. Kanak Rele, Mrs. Uma Rele, Padamashri Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Dr. Sucheta Bhide-Chaphekar, Mrs. Manish Sathye, Pandit Rajenrd Gangani, etc.