Phulwa Khamkar is a well known Marathi dancer and choreographer from Mumbai.
Early Life and Education:
She learned her dance training from Ashatai Joglekar. First, she took lessons in Kathak followed by training in contemporary dance. In the first 15 years of her life, she had not learned any dance and was trained in gymanstics. She went to Balmohan Vidyamandir in Dadar for her education. Later, she completed her M.Com from Mumbai University.
In fact, the name Phulwa was suggested by her father. He was a Marathi literature author. Phulwa was the name of the first magazine he had written for. She never considered dancing as a career earlier as in college, she loved athletics. During that time, she had also received the Chharatrapati Puraskar for gymnastics.
Back in the 1990s, she had trained her college dancer for the TV show Boogie Woogie and also she trained Aishwarya Rai for the movie Taal. Later popular marathi movies like Natrang, Popat, Jhapatlela, Mitwa had her as a dance choreographer. She also participated in Zee’s Dance India Dance Super Moms contest, where she reached the top 16 and her performance was well appreciated.
The songs of Natrang became very popular because of their dance steps. Phulwa guided Amruta Khanwilkar, Sonalee Kulkarni and Atul Kulkarni on perfecting their art.
She has also done choreography for few other Hindi and South Indian films, and also runs a dance class and dance academy in Dadar.