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Korean Kathak Dancer Jin Won


An exuberant dancer whose musicality transforms her dancing

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South Korean artist Jin Won is an accomplished kathak dancer, and tabla player, and ambassador for Indian classical arts. Her love of Indian arts led to live in India for over 15 years training in tabla under Pandit Divyang Vakil, and in Kathak under Shrimati Shubha Desai in Ahmedabad, Gujarat before joining the Taalim School of Indian Music in the US as a faculty member and artist.  Her unconventional journey has been the subject of a documentary by the Korean Broadcasting Service and serves as an inspiration to many.

A strong, yet graceful performer, Won infuses her own creativity and training as a tabla artiste into her dance performances. Her dance performances incorporate both traditional and contemporary forms of the Indian classical dance kathak.

As a Kathak dancer, she has worked with leading choreographers, including Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shrimati Kumudini Lakhia, Shrimati Saswati Sen, and Maulik Shah & Ishira Parikh.  She has performed in prestigious Indian dance festivals such as the Delhi Shrinagar Dance Festival, the Jaipur Udayshankar Festival, and the Kolkata Dance Festival.  As a soloist, she has performed in major cities of India, USA, Canada, Europe and Korea.

Furthering her goal to spread Indian classical arts, she has authored a textbook on tabla, which is currently being translated into Korean.


exuberant dancer [who] is as a much a musician as a dancer. Ms. Won’s musicality transformed her dancing into something primal. The tension between wildness and control was a hallmark of Ms. Won.
Gia Kourlas, New York Times
She is an embodiment of pure rhythm, irresistible as she is versatile.
Robert Johnson, NJ Arts
With great presentation, she showed (compositions like) thaat and uthan and different parts of Kathak dance. With the rhythm of tabla, the tapping of her feet created magic.
Rajasthan Patrika
split-second precision, crisp spins, and clean footwork.
Jinal Shah,
Book Kathak by Jin Won – An Exuberant Performance with Live Music