Woods are lovely dark & deep
But I have promises to keep 
& miles to go before I sleep. . .
 

As the shadows of evening touch the horizon, my mind passes through the memory lane & peeps in my childhood. The tiny feet, at the age of three used to respond the musical & rhythmical cycles of the nature. The artistic aptitude rightly sensed by my father, Mr. P. U. Kulkarni and mother Mrs. Rajani & since then …..The fascinating journey of artistic Pleasure entered my life with the guiding hand of Guru Satyanarayan. 
Ample of interschool & college dance competition prizes held me to persue the art with sincere efforts. 
With the Bombay university degree in English literature I entered Nalanda dance Research centre; affiliated to the university of Bombay in 1985 my day used to start & end with dance & only dance. All those four golden years was nothing else; but the nonstop practice of dance for hours together, attending dance workshops, participating different dance festivals & studying ample of referance books under the able guidence of Padmashree Dr.(Mrs.) Kanak Rele & T. V. Saundarajan Guruji. As a result of all these I topped the university throughout and stood first with distinction. I was overwhelmed when I received the prestigious “Sir Nageshwar Rao Award??? from the university and the National Scholarship for the year 1989-91. Later Guru Mrs. Mythili Raghavan has guided me and shaped a dancer within me. 
Since then I started performing solo at the professional level on the major platforms in India & abroad. After receiving “Yuva Bharati" & “Sangeetonmesh" Award I bagged “Nritya Alankar" from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in 1997. 
In the year 2000 & 2002, I traveled throughout U.S. & Europe as a solo Bharat Natyam performer & its success added one more gem in my crowning glory. The appreciation of renowned artists & Critics in India helped me to boost my artistic persuits. The repeat audience & a grand public aploud was delightful outcome of my abroad trips. When the people come and meet me in the green room in India saying they have watched my performances in abroad makes me happy as an artist! 
I was impressed by the striking similarities between Yoga & Bharatnatyam practically. I started persuing the matter and to my great delight the National Fellowship year (2000-2002) was offered to me for that. 
In the year 1989, I founded my own dance institute named “Nrityasadhana" & started giving training to the young aspirants in Bharatnatyam. I produced & choreographed dance ballets, Namely, Krishna Lila Natakam, Srujan, Yugantara, Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya, Shivashakti, Ashish ha Ganarayacha & Radha. 

Awards won so far : 
* National Scholarship (1989-91) 
* Sir Nageshwar Rao Award (1989) 
* Yuva Bharati Award (1998) 
* Sangeetonmesh (2000) 
* Nritya Alankar(2000) with first class from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal 
* National Fellowship (2000-2002) form Govt. of India for the research in the subject "The parallel aspects of Yoga & aesthetics of Bharat Natyam"
* Graded Television Dancer 

Major Performances at : 
* NCPA ( National Centre for Perfoming Arts, Bombay) 
* NCL ( National Chemical Laboatory) 
* Goa Kala Acadey (Panaji) 
* Madras Maharashtra Mandal (Chennai) 
* Brahmotsav (Tirupati) 
* Pune Festival (Pune) 
* Sur Singer Samsad ( Mumbai) 
* Indian Dance Festival (Delhi) 

She has performed in all the major cities in India e.g. Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Madras, Aurangabad, Pune, Goa. To crown her artistic glory, she tourd internationally to Gulf Countries, Europe & U.S.A. as a solo dancer & performed in all the major cities throughout United States to improve her stock of reviews & fan mails overseas. 

Choreographies : 
Dance Ballets : 
* Krishna Leela Natakam (1997) 
* Srujan (1998) 
* Yugantara (1998) 
* Panchatanmatra (1999) 
* Radha (2000) 
* Shiva-Shakti (2001) 

Honours : 
* Swati is attached as a dancefaculty at Pune University & Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. 
* HMV has released her VCD "Rajas Sukumar" based on Marathi Saints literature which is the first VCD of its kind, released in international market.
* Choreographed for Lata Mangeshkar's VCD "Ashtavinayak Geete". 
* DVD "Margam" released by Neelam Audio Video, U.S.A. 

Also she has established a Bharat Natyam Institute "Nritya Sadhana", through which she imparts training of Bharat Natyam to the young aspirants of this classical Fine Art. 
With the blessings of Lord Nataraj & Appreciation from the art lovers all over the world I am devoted to my art with sincere efforts, and want to achieve the higher perspectives on the horizon of this age old traditional dance form of Indian cultural heritage i.e. Bharatnatyam. 

Two to Tango
With the festive spirit in the air, cultural events also seems to be happening everywhere. On November 10,Parivartan Charitables Trust presented a musical evening at Tilak smarak Mandir. Bharat Natyam exponent Swati Daithankar enthralled the audience with her performance and hinaya while her better half Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar impressed the audience with his rendition of Raag Puriya Kalyan. The Daithankars were accompanied by Guru Mythili Raghavan, Shri Shivprasad, V R Narayanan and Mukesh Jadhav.