A Kathak Maestro, Shovana Narayan is an incarnation of the artistic tradition of India. She was honored with the Padma Shri award in 1992 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards in 1999. The renowned Kathak dancer has written around ten books pertaining to dance. She established herself as a dancer during the 1970s. Her dance evokes the message of power and emotive depth. An alumnus of Miranda House, she completed her M.Phil from the University of Madras in Defence and Strategic Studies in 2008 and M.Phil in Social Sciences from Punjab University in 2001.