Guru Rani Khanam is one of the most sensitive and astute interpreters of Lucknow Gharana of Kathak today and she has been performing professionally for the past thirty years. While deeply rooted in tradition she has evolved her own individual style in Kathak. She achieved her rigorous training by renowned doyens of Kathak Ustd Fattan Khan, Smt. Reba Vidyarthi and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Rani Khanam graduated with top honors from Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.
Inspired by her intimate knowledge of Islamic and Sufi texts, she has a deep vision to perform on the unique repertoire of Sufiana poetry (Qalam) & Islamic verses, which has received rich reviews. Liberating experience for the 30 years that she has been dancing, and at this juncture, Rani Khanam shares with the world, some of what she has learned, gained, and evolved, especially with the new generation of serious students of Kathak.
Her Choreography has received applause and encouragement from dignitaries including the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of Delhi & Arunachal Pradesh, Governor of Bengal & Arunachal Pradesh, etc. As a choreographer, she experimented with a wide variety of themes: traditional, contemporary as well as issued-based dance productions. She has choreographed over 200 items.