Press Reviews



The most captivating item was Bajikarvesh. In this number Darshana, the youngest of the Zaveri sisters was at her best. She maintained beautiful balance between Abhinaya and Krishna Tandav. All dances emended a sense of truth, a sincerity that is rare today.

TIMES OF INDIA, 20th September 1982


The Indian troupe, led by Darshana Jhaveri, one of four Jhaveri Sisters who dominate the scene of profession Manipuri dancing is in Jordan at the invitation of the Ministry of Calcutta.



The     lakshetra festival also presented the Manipuri Nartanalaya dancers (who are from Bombay, Calcutta, and Manipur) and the Jhaveri Sisters, Ranjana and Darshana, in traditional and innovative Manipuri numbers directed and choreographed by Guru Bipin Singh…….

Among the dancers, Darshana Jhaveri was notable in the Anangkashep for her restrained abhinaya or expressions.

JUNE 1990


The Jhaveri Sisters, under Guru Bipin Singh, were excellent. The colours of the Manipuri costumes, the softness of the style, the bols of the poong cholum were entertaining. What is particularly gratifying is that a new generation of Manipuri dances is also being prepared to take on the responsibility of keeping the dance style alive.

Indian Express
Bombay, June 18, 1992


“After a life time of devotion to the classical arts of Manipuri dance and music, you are undoubtedly accustomed to your role as pioneers ………. you will know that you have conquered the most demanding audience, sponsors and critics which this country can offer: Lincoln Center, Smithsonian, Washington Post, Village voice, Philadelphia Inquirer etc. all …….

On behalf of all the audiences who were enthralled by your artistry, I express my deepest gratitude for your generous and magnificent performances.

Jonathan Hollander
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Battery Dance Company
New York 13th October 1993


The Jhaveri Sisters were very informative and professional. Especially successful were the smaller groups and the Dance workshops. Events such as these are so vital to our understanding of how we all “work in the world of art.

Joan Phibbs
The Madeira School
Virginia 3rd October1993


What makes the Jhaveri Sisters Manipuri Troups remarkable is that its all-female composition in no way limits its repertory . ……… Mridang vadan was a rare opportunity to watch women play elaborate rhythms on double headed drums.

Elizabeth Zimmer
New York Times
September 1993


The Jhaveri Sisters Manipuri Dance troupe gave a jewel of a performance Saturday at the Freer Art Gallery of Art.

It gave Washingtontonians a chance to see a type of Indian dance not often presented in the country, the soft and flowing classical style from Manipur in Northeast India. The programme carefully balanced pure dance with Manipuri poem based works that artfully wove together mood, melody, rhythm and drama.

Pamela Squires
The Washington Post
21st September 1993


… destiny has made Ranjana and Darshana, and their Guru Bipin Singh, the doyens of Manipuri dance in Bombay. The Jhaveri Sisters have for long been known for their beauty and gentility. Their respectful but loyal love for this style of dance has given a chance to dance lovers to witness some of the finest demonstration of many facets of Manipuri.

Femina , Bombay
May 8, 1994


The youngest, Darshana has inherited the Mantle for running the school and leading the troupe. She had earlier learnt from Bipin Singh, even the ‘Pung Cholom’ The dance with Drum which women don’t learn.. She has been involved in extensive documentation of Manipuri music as well as audio Video recordings of Bipin Singh’s entire repertoire… The Jhaveri Sisters and their vibrant live stage show came as an exhilarating experience of art. Their contribution has been selfless and sincere.

Hindu, Delhi
June 15, 1996


Darshana Jhaveri is the youngest of the famed Jhaveri Sisters, internationally renowned exponents of Manipuri Dance, and Darshana has just been awarded the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, a justly- deserved honor that she cherishes.

The Afternoon,
BombayNovember 8, 1997


“Rhythmic grace, the beauty of motion and colourful costumes highlighted the charming presentation by the Jhaveri Sisters of Bombay.

The Mainichi daily, News,
Tokyo 1961


“It was a long time since many of the Indian members of the audience had seen the glorious costumes with their full skirts, studded with the glittering miniature mirror, or seen the graceful whirling movements and subtle symbolic gestures of hands and feet in these specially evocative dancing.

South China Morning Post,
Hongkong 1961


“… The success of the Jhaveri Sisters before different Gurus, who are undoubtedly exponents of different styles, is a fact that bears sufficient testimony to the grand accomplishment attained by them”.

The Assam Tribune,
Shillong 1958

“… The success of the Jhaveri Sisters before different Gurus, who are undoubtedly exponents of different styles, is a fact that bears sufficient testimony to the grand accomplishment attained by them”.

Amrita Bazar Patrika, Silchar


“…… The sisters attracted the audience by their extraordinary and natural grace. The almost filigree like language of the fingers and the soft face expressions, the rounded movements of the bodies, all these contributed to a delightful picture.”

Hannoversche Allgemeins,