Dancing Lines

About the Artist

Raghav Raj Bhatt studied painting at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture, JNTU, Hyderabad. Observing his dedication to visual arts the then director of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi - Scholar Dr.Jiwan Pani encouraged and guided Raghav in his extraordinary ability of line drawing. He then designed for all the major festivals of Kathak Kendra including its logo in 1980, which is continued till date.
He also designed sets and props of dance dramas and productions of his Guru - Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji in India and abroad. He also designed for several festivals of Kathak Kendra and Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi.
What makes Raghav unique is his exceptional ability to grasp the defining structures of his subjects and reproducing them in line art form, depicting the movements in minimal form.
The subtle interplay between form, colour and rhythm is his hallmark and leaves a lasting impression.
His sketches have been featured in:
“Dances of India” a book by Smt. Shanta Sarvjeet Singh
“India Performing Arts - a mosaic” by Shri. Utpal Banerjee
“Ang Kavya” - a book by Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji

His sketches are displayed at:
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore
Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Moscow, Russia
Kathak Kendra, Lucknow, India
Port Huron Museum, Michigan, U.S.A

Exhibitions to his credit

  • Katha Rekha 1992 - line drawings at India International Centre, New Delhi, India
  • Dancing Lines 1997 - an exhibition on Indian Dances, Singapore
  • Moving Strokes 2000 - an exhibition on Indian Dances, Charlotte, USA
  • Uday Shankar Shatabdi Samaroh 2001 - sketches on dance maestro Uday Shankar, New Delhi, India
  • Festival of Traditional and Performing Arts of Manipur 2003 - instant sketches on dance forms of Manipur, Imphal, Manipur, India
  • Dance Strokes on Uday Shankar 2015 - sketches on dance maestro Uday Shankar for International Yoga Day, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India
  • Dances of India 2002 - an exhibition on Indian folk and classical dances, Port Huron, USA
  • Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi had invited Raghav to "Festival of Traditional and Performing Arts of Manipur" in Imphal, in 2003. The specialty of the event was instant sketching of the dance forms and costumes etc.
  • Om Sri Ganesha - A rare exhibition of Unique Pencil Sketches, depicting Lord Ganesha in myriad forms, Hyderabad 2004
  • Ganeshas & Dances of India 2009 - exhibition of line drawings and sketches, Kalakshetra, Chennai, India
  • Khajuraho Dance Festival 2014 - demo and instant sketching, Khajuraho, India

Critics Acclaim

"After Eilean Pearcey (London) and late Shaivax Chavada, I am seeing for the first time the vibrancy of Indian dance living and pulsating through line, in fact economy of line. A glorious future awaits Raghav Raj Bhatt.” - Mohan Khokar, eminent scholar, author, critic and former Secretary, Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi * “Once again I am convinced that lines can dance beautifully on a sheet of paper.” - Dr.Jeevan Pani, eminent scholar, former Director, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi * “I am very impressed by the line sketches of Raghav Raj Bhatt. Being a dancer himself he can bring out the body movements in just few lines! My best wishes and blessing to him.” - Sitar Maestro Late Pt. Ravi Shankar Ji * “Exhibiting Lyrical Lines.” - Sonal Man Singh, renowned Odissi Dancer * “To say so much in few lines establish the sensitivity of an artiste. Raghav ki rekhao main chitrakala hi nahi nrutya kala our kavya kala ki triveni behti hai.” - Manjiri Sinha, eminent Dance Critic * “Vicharo mein gehraee hai lagta hai mano rekhaye nritya kar rahi hai, isterha ka avishkar pehli bar dekha, adbhut! Meri shubhkamnaye aur aashirwad.” - Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji, Kathak Guru & Maestro