MIYABI (Masako Sato)
Masako Sato started to learn Kathak Dance in 1995 from shmt. Malti Shyam, before, She has learnt Flamenco and Russian ballet for several years in Japan. After inspiring Kathak Mahotsav in India, she joined National Institute of Kathak Dance in 1996, and learned lucknow style of Kathak dance from Shmt.
Malti Shyam and Pt. Jaikishan Maharaj, later from Padmavibushan Pt. Birju Maharaj in 1997. For her dedication towards the art, she was awarded an ICCR scholarship between 1999 and 2003 to learn Kathak dance under the guidance of Padmavibushan Pt.Birju Maharaj at Kalashram.
She has participated in the many of the dance work choreographed by Pt. Birju Maharaj i.e. Vasantotsav, Kajuraho Festival etc., and the Kathak Ballet “Romeo & Juliet” choreographed by shmt. Saswati Sen, in Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai in 2003-2004, she got highly appreciation from the audience and media.
She has given a number of solo and group performance in India and Japan, including “Shinwa ~the Japanese mythology~” at India-Japan The 50th anniversary of establishment of dipl omatic relations, organized by the embassy of Japan. Back to Japan in 2005, she started her own school, Miyabi Kathak Dance Academy in Tokyo, she opened her dance studio at Kojimachi in 2008, just 10minutes walking from Indian Embassy in Tokyo, teaches the most beautiful style of Kathak, Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Luckhnow, which Guruji taught her, to the girls and boys living in Japan. She has performed in India, Japan, Mauritius, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China（Shanghai EXPO), France and USA. She is currently a member of Shinjuku Artist Society.