Guru Shovana Narayan (Padma Shri) is a venerated Kathak maestro. She is a consummate artiste, choreographer, revered guru to her disciples and an intellectual. She combines artistry with keen observation and humanism. In her career spanning several decades she has been conferred with numerous awards including the Padma Shri Award in 1992, the Sangeet Natak Akademi award by the President of India in 1999-2000, Delhi Govt.'s Parishad Samman, Rajiv Gandhi Puraskar, Bihar Gaurav Puraskar, and Indira Priyadarshini Samman. Guru Shovana Narayan's life and her works have made her a role model and peer for millions of girls of the younger generation of today.