Aditi Bhagwat is a talented and well-known Kathak and Lavani professional, choreographer and actress. She was born on January 18, 1981 in Maharashtra, India. Her journey started at the age of four and she was highly inspired by Ragini Bhagwat, her mother who is a classical singer. She was guided by
when she was just starting her Jaipur style Kathak training. Aditi was trained in Odissi by Jhelum Paranjpe, which led her to prepare in the art of expressions called Abhinaya and Adda, from which she became popular. Besides taking a master in Psychology, she took a degree in Kathak dance from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. The Nalanda Dance and Research Academy in Mumbai gave her the title of Nalanda Nritya Nipun. Aside from Kathak dance, she is also keen in doing the Maharashtrian folk dance called Lavani.
She first collaborated with
, a master of Jazz, Sivamani, a percussionist and Merlin D’Souza, a prominent music composer. She made a performance at the Budapest Spring Festival along with the famous pianist Bela Szakcsi Lakatos, for the Indo-Gypsy Jazz project, which was held in Hungary. She also collaborated with Karthik and Gotam: Business Class Refugees during a concert, held in Morlaix, France in the year 2012 and with pianist Rod Williams in The Issue Project Room in
. Aditi has combined the conventional Kathak gestures and the sophisticated beat of the Chakkradhars, Tatkaar and Taals with the erratic time cycles using the instruments such as Djembe, Cuatro, Drums, Sitar, Ghumbri and a lot more.
Aditi joined One Beat, one of the biggest international music diplomacy programs of the Found Sound Nation in New York, which was produced by Bang on a Can in September 2012. She collaborated with the best musicians from the different sides of the world in creating and performing new music and discovered the possibilities of magnifying the traditional norms of art. She is also a foot percussionist in India and she successfully mixed the Ghungroos sound to her stomping feet with the use of different musical instruments. Through OneBeat, she explored the possibility of utilizing Ghungroos as an instrument and blended it with the rhythmic patterns with several instruments like Cuatro, Gayageum, Banjo and Ghumbri.
Aditi showed her other side when she appeared in several films as a dancer and actress. She made a special appearance in Hindi films
and Myoho. She was seen in Marathi films Chalu Navra Bholi Baiko, Manya Sajjana, Adla Badli, Tahan, Sumbaran and Shasan. Aditi was also seen in television serials like Avantika, Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii and Eka Peksha Ek.
Her institute Aditi Dance Academy (ADA), trains the aspiring and promising talent so they can develop their passion towards the traditional art forms. She is also conducting lectures, demonstrations and workshops on Kathak in other countries like the U.S.