By Vijay Kumar Jain
Uma Sharma ji (born 1942) is a Kathak dancer. She is most known for reviving the old classical dance form of Natwari Nritya or the Raslila of Brindavan, which later evolved into the Kathak. In 1973 she became the youngest dancer be conferred upon with the Padma Shri by Government of India,and Padma Bhushan 2001. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and also the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award. She also runs the Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan, Delhi, a classical dance and music academy, situated in New Delhi, founded by her father in 1946.