Bireshwar Gautam (1962 - 2009), fondly referred to as “Biru”, was trained in Kathak under the guidance of some of the greatest names of this style – Guru Bandana Sen, Padmashri Late Pt. Gopi Krishna and Padmashri Damayanti Joshi. If this was not enough, he also trained in vocal music under the guidance of his father the late Sailen Pal, and specialised in the khayal gayaki with Pt. Vasantrao Kulkarni and romantic vocal style of thumri under the eminent Smt. Shobha Gurtu. This combination of Kathak and Thumri – to superb standards of rendition, made Biru a remarkable artist who received recognition and much praise from fellow artists and public alike. He performed in many prestigious festivals throughout India and abroad both as a dancer and as a singer.