KAJAL MISRA', daughter of late Pandit Ramgopal Misra and grand-daughter of doyen of Jaipur Gharana Pandit JAILALJI MAHARAJ combines and unifies the artistry of Jaipur and intellectual efficiency of Bengal.
KAJAL was initiated in Kathak dance by her Late Father at a very early age and underwent vigorous training under him. Since the untimely demise of her father, she was groomed into the finery of the art under the tutelage of her mother, Mrs. SUSMITA MISRA, herself a pupil of late Pandit 'JAILAL MAHARAJ' and daughter of a noted musician Mr. Pronab Ray.
KAJAL has owned many laurels in dance, notable among them are her performances at Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammellan, recital at the national centre for performing arts, Bombay, Tansen Music Conference, Calcutta, Kathak Prasang,Bhopal. She also performed at the Allahabad Music Conference organised by Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Kalka Binadin Mahatsova, at New Delhi. She visited U.S.S.R. to give 'Solo Performances' throughout the country in the 'INDIA FESTIVAL' in 1988. She has also visited U.K. & U.S.A for her performances. She also performed in the festival organised by SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY, New Delhi, at JAMSHEDPUR.
KAJAL has brought in tenderness in her style of dancing which is a new import in virile Jaipur Gharana. It has been her sustained effort to highlight and mingle the aesthetic sense, devotional aspect, expressional excellence and electrifying footwork of JAIPUR STYLE.
If human genes are really genuine, then one will definitely see the genius of her aunt Jaikumari Devi, the living legend of Kathak, in KAJAL.
KAJAL not only inherited but also acquired the right to uphold the Jaipur Gharana. This Gharana is safe in her hands. She is now busy in giving lessons of KATHAK to the coming generations of KATHAK DANCERS in the JAILAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC which undergoes by the name of her celebrated grand father.
She has been one of the judges to select the holders of National Scholarship presented by the Indian Government. She has been selected as an external judge in the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta.
Kajal's dancing combines very intricate rhythmic footwork with scintillating clarity of movement and precision of poses.
SUNANDA MUKHERJEE, The Telegraph
****the pure Jaipur Gharana was seen to the best advantage in the complex "Chakkardar Parans" parimelus and 'misra jati tukras' danced by Kajal Misra.
SHANTA SERBJEET SINGH, The Hindustan Times
Kajal Misra, the grand-daughter of late Jailalji, doyen among the Jaipur Gharana, presented compositions of Jailal and Ramgopal with impressive composure. Both in terms of stamina and presentation she maintained a certain equipoise, which was indicative of her flying start with the demonstration of various 'nritya' aspects of the Jaipur Gharana.
The Times of India, Delhi
Kajal's recital, in the Jaipur style was pleasing and expressive. Her delineation of bhav established a lively rapport with the audience.
The Statesman, Calcutta
Kajal's performance was marked by extra ordinary rhythmic variations in the footwork, which gave an unmistakable proof of the rigorous training which she has undergone.