native of Pune, Smt Jayashree (Kirtane) had a legacy
of being born in a house full
of inspirations from
her Doctor Grandfather (as she called him Nanasaheb)
who was very instrumental in shaping up her early
Having lost her father early in the life, the inner
strength got doubled up to steer the life in quest
of things she could pursue as forte of her life.
With her lonely mother Late Smt Sumati Kirtane,
managed to tread the life with no fear………… the
rhythm that she picked up early in her life………… still
runs in all the same synchronism !
Her mother Late Smt Sumati
Kirtane was a lady of amazing facets. She was not
only intellectually advanced
individual but was also an extremely encouraging
and motivating personality– especially with
a strong drive for new initiatives. Her lateral thinking
and open mind set has been a big asset for the generations
Growing in the capable tutelage of Late Pandita Rohini
Bhate (known as “Babytai” – a legendary
Kathak exponent of India) – Jayashree started
getting groomed into a disciplined, dedicated and
well directed “taalim” of Kathak dancing.
This training not only tutored her into artistic
excellence but provided her the open eyes to appreciate
good things in the world around us.
Having moved from Pune to Indore as a marital progression,
Jayashree carried on with a branch of Nrityabharati
in Indore and started extending the training to the
upcoming talents of central India. This flow of teaching
and guidance is still on with many well groomed disciples
already on the horizon.
Smt Jayashree also worked as a lecturer in Girls
Degree College, Indore.
Awarded with “Chakradhar Fellowship” by
Govt of MP, she has worked on some prestigious projetcs
encompassing various dimensions of music and dance.
India International Society for Unity has conferred
her with the prestigious Ratna Shiromani Award.
A special dance ballet "Nrityam, Shivam, Sundaram" was
choreographed by her for TV broadcast.
Jayashree has also done a dance project "Dancing
Radha" focussing on rural misbeliefs about Epilepsy,
which further was awarded in Thailand.
She has had performances at reputed platforms like
Drishtikone, Jeevan Kala Mandal, Gracim-Nagda, Kalavarta-
Ujjain, Pt Omkarnath thakur Janamashatabdi, Gram
She has been a judge, selector, advisor for many
events and been on the panels / committees of several
organisations. She has also authored a lot of articles,
features and has been presenting lecture demonstrations
including several talks on radio.
Apart from Dance and music, Smt Jayashree also has
a skilful hand on sketching and drawing. One needs
to see some of her sketches to determine how various
art forms are related to each other.
Popularly known as “Jayashre Tai” in
the social circles, she resides in Indore with husband
Dr. Shashikant and has two sons & two grandsons.