I have been practising and performing Bharata Natyam since my childhood in the South Indian temple town of Madurai, Tamilnadu.
On returning to the UK, I continued my training under Prakash Yadagudde of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, with whom I did my arangetram, or debut performance in 1999. I then went on to train for three years with Mavin Khoo, and for a further year with Stella Subbiah. In 2003, I received a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship to train with the current Kalakshetra director, Leela Samson.
Over the years I have taken part in a wide range of performance work from site specific pieces working with contemporary dance and drama to classical repertoire. Personal highlights include Images in Varnam with Mavin Khoo Dance (2001) at the Clore Theatre, ROH; South with Vayu Naidu Company, which toured the UK in 2003; I- Together, a piece choreographed by Leela Samson (Linbury Studio Theatre, 2003) and the site specific Escapade organised by Akademi , when I had the chance to work with the contemporary dance choreographer Henri Oguike (2003). I created and performed my own piece, Litany, which I performed in a number of venues including the Purcell Room, RFH ( as part of Akademi’s Daredevas 2005) and the Robin Howard Theatre ( The Place) as part of Resolution! In 2006.
I am committed to and experienced in delivering workshops to schools and community groups, and have worked in this capacity for many organisations including Akademi, South Asian Dance in the UK;Cultural Co-operation, London; Daisi (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative); Essex County Council; Live Music Now! And Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. I have experience of doing workshops and projects ranging from a few minutes in a toddler group to – to a day a week school session over a number of months. I have worked individually as well as with artists from my own and other disciplines.
Since having my children, I have taken a break from dance work and performance, though I have continued training both with Stella Subbiah, whilst in London, and Shakuntala (Sheila Cove, disciple of Balasundari), in Exeter. I have recently started to take on work again, with a particular interest in working with early years children – and have been working with Carousel, an early years arts initiative based in Exeter, who have been helping me make the transition back from full time mum to working artist.
I am particularly interested in working with dance and text, extending bharata natyam’s intrinsic connection with text to work with text by contemporary poets and songwriters working in English. My piece Litany explored W.B Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming. I have worked with the performance poet Leah Thorn, and worked with dance and storytelling with Vayu Naidu Company. I have recently been working on choreographing to some of the songs of the activist and songwriter, Leon Rosselson.