Sayali Shetye Goswami is a Kathak Dancer, Choreographer, and Teacher settled in the San Francisco bay area.

Sayali Shetye Goswami


Initiated into classical dance at a very early age, Sayali first started her training in Bharatnatyam at the Nalanda Dance Research Center, completing her seven year "Kovid" diploma in the year 2000. Captivated by the forcefulness of Kathak's pure dance form and the intricacies in even the minutest form of Abhinaya, she devoted herself completely to her training in Kathak.

Sayali is a 'Gandabandh Shagirdh' of Guru Smt. Uma Dogra, the renowned Kathak exponent of the Jaipur Gharana. She has a Masters degree in Dance (Kathak) from Samved School of Kathak and Society for Performing Arts. In the year 2006 she was recipient of the title 'Singar Mani' by Sur Singar Sansad.

She has been performing both as a senior dancer for Samved School of Kathak, and as a solo artist for past seven years. Some of her notable solo performances include 52nd Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai and Raindrops Festival, Mumbai. She has had an opportunity to be a part of musical production "Romeo-Juliet" by Kalashram under Padmavibhushan Guru Birju Maharaji. Sayali also was a part of Kathak-Odissi dance collaboration for "Laadli Awards for Gender Sensitivity". Along with her Guru Smt Uma Dogra, Sayali has been part of prestigious festivals like Kala-Ghoda festival, Konark festival, Khajurahoo festival and Pt Durgalal festival. She has also toured Japan as part of Samved School of Kathak for ICCR in 2007 and Min-non Concert Association in 2008. She recently founded Kathakārs School of Dance in Palo Alto, CA.

A Selection of Notable Performances

2009 Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Delhi.

2009 Shravan Festival,Ujjain.

2009 Bansuri Festival, Bhavans Cultural Center, Samved School of Kathak.

2008 Kathak Festival, Kathak Kendra Jaipur.

2008 Min-On Concert Association Japan Tour, Samved School of Kathak.

2007 52nd Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Kathak Dance Performance

2007 "Laadli – Awards for Gender Sensitivity, Dance performance along with Odissi troupe of Smt Dakhsha Mashruwala

2007 17th Annual Pandit Durgalal Festival, Kathak Dance Performance

2007 Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Japan Tour, Kathak Dance Performances at various locations in Japan

2006 Kathak Dance Performance, Konark Dance Festival

2006 Kathak Dance Performance, Kal-Ke-Kalakar, Sur Singar Sansad

2005 – 2006 Kathak Dance Performance, Kala Ghoda Festival

2005 Kathak Dance Performance, Raindrops Festival by Samved Society for the Performing Arts

2005 Kathak Dance Performance, Khajurahoo Festival, along with Guru Smt. Uma Dogra

2005 Kathak Dance Performance, 15th Annual Pandit Durgalal Festival, Aurangabadh

2003 Kathak Dance Performance, "Moods and Shades of Kathak" by Udayan Society

2003 Kathak Dance Performance, The Musical Production "Romeo-Juliet" by Kalashram under Padmavibhushan Guru Birju Maharajji


Awarded the title "Singar-mani" by Sur Singar Sansad.

The title is conferred on upcoming classical dancers based on their individual performance in the 'Kal ke Kalakar Sammelan' a prestigious national classical art conference where the dancers are judged by the most prominent names in the field of Indian classical dance and music field.

Best Solo performer in Rotal organized by Rotaract Club, Mumbai - 2000

Winner " Mortal Combat" dance competition 2000, Rotaract Club of Bombay South Hills

Winner at "Movers and Shakers" organized by Rotaract Club of Mithibai College - 1999

My Guru

I have had the tremendous honor of training under Guru Pandita Uma Dogra!

Awarded the "Sangeet Kala Ratna" and honoured as "Pandita", Smt. Uma Dogra is the senior most Ganda Bandh Shagird of late Pandit Durgalalji.

One of the leading exponents of Kathak dance herself, Uma Didi has been enthralling the audiences all over India and abroad for more than three decades now. Uma Didi´s work expresses the subtle distinction between the literal translation of the lyrics and mature, evolved transmutation of music into movements. Uma Didi´s dance is very traditional and classical but at the very same time a language of strong self expression.

Today Uma Did is the foremost and most widely respected Kathak soloist, choreographer and teacher.

To find out more about her, please visit her website:


sayaligoswami (at)

(352) 438-9997

Other Information

Kathakars School of Dance

"We explore age old traditions from a modern point of view."

We aim to:

What it means:

Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian Classical Dance originating from northern India. Its name originates from Sanskrit, meaning 'to tell a story'.

For personal and group sessions contact:

Sayali S. Goswami
(352) 438-9997
sayaligoswami (at)