Raghav Raj Bhatt
Raghav is married to Kathak danseuse, choreographer Mangala Bhatt, who is the senior disciple of Pt Durga Lal Ji. They perform together and continue to take their passion for arts forward through their learning centre – Aakruti Kathak Kendra. They live in Hyderabad, India.
Mangala & Raghav Raj Bhatt receiving the State Award from K Chandrasekhar Rao
Raghav was selected on a national scholarship to learn from Padma Vibhushan Pt Birju Maharaj Ji. Encouraged by his father, he moved to Delhi to train at Kathak Kendra under the aegis of Maharaj Ji. After completing his Visharad in Kathak, Raghav excelled as a dancer, performing in almost all of his major dance drama and classical productions in India and abroad.
Taking inspiration from his father, Raghav also is closely involved with folk & tribal arts projects. His efforts have been recognised by numerous institutions and government bodies such as Sangeet Natak Akademi, Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, Department of Language & Culture, Govt of Telangana, etc.
Mangala Bhatt & Raghav Raj Bhatt have received numerous honours for their contribution to classical dance, art and culture. They were conferred the State Award by Chief Minister K Chrandrasekhar Rao and more recently they also received the 13th Guru Deba Prasad Award.
As of 2020, Raghav Raj Bhatt is the Principal of the ST Govt College of Music and Dance.