Rani Khanam is one of the foremost Kathak exponents of India, equally consummate in her mastery over the rhythm, grace and expressional cogency. She first learnt under the tutelage of Smt. Reba Vidyarthi and later under guru Pt. Birju Maharaj for more than a decade. She specialized in the Lucknow style of Kathak graduating with top honors from the prestigious National Institute, The Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. Currently she is a Director at Aamad, The Academy of Performing Arts, New Delhi for propagation of Kathak. With exceptional prowess in rhythm and the aesthetics of expression, the themes of her performances reflect transcendental and abstract thoughts, portraying a sensitivity to the need for creative expression.