7th November 2023

From Tradition to Modernity, An Evening of Indian Dance

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From tradition to modernity, join us to discover the breadth of Indian dance. Featuring five dancers, the evening will consist of solo pieces from emerging to established artists. Join us for a spectacular evening to celebrate the beauty of Indian dance.


Shriya Sharma

Beginning her training aged four, Shriya is a part of the Chitraleka Dance Academy and a member of the Kaishiki Performance Group training under Guru Chitraleka Bolar. In 2022 she graduated from the competitive Centre for Advanced Dance Training ‘Yuva Gati’ national scheme. She enjoys gymnastics and is a keen musician, is a violinist in her university orchestra and western classical (University Scholarship) in her University Chamber Choir. She is currently studying Psychology at the University of Leicester.

Mohika Shankar

A graduate of the University of Derby, Mohika Shankar hails from New Delhi where she began her dance journey at the tender age of 5, learning the Indian Classical Dance form Kathak under the able guidance of Late Guru Munna Shukla Ji. Over the past few years, she has been associated with organisations like One Dance UK, Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies, and most recently Sonia Sabri Company as part of the ground-breaking Future Dance Leaders Apprenticeship. She currently works as a freelance dance artist with Sonia Sabri Company, Black Country Dance Hub, and The Play House among many others.

Lakshmi Srinivasan

Lakshmi is an Indian Classical dance artiste, educator and choreographer trained in two distinct forms of classical dance – Bharatanatyam & Bharatanrityam (Karana based movement practise from temple sculptures of India). She has a Post Graduate degree in Dance from Jain University, Bangalore and is the Artistic director of Ankura Dance in Coventry and the West Midlands.

With more than 3 decades of performing experience including India and the U.K, Lakshmi has an excellent track record of being engaged with South Asian dance in Britain involved in sector in various capacities.

Anjana Bala

Anjana Bala is a dance artist and anthropologist interested in tensions between bodies, cultures, and affects. She creates and trains in Bharatanatyam alongside naturalistic and uncodified creative movement practices. She has performed and been part of community projects at the Roundhouse, The National Gallery, and Sadler’s Wells. As an anthropologist, she is interested in how history and critical theory can deepen her artistic work. Her research, which explores cross cultural interpretations of mental health, motivates a desire to ensure safety and sensitivity within artistic spaces.

and Prem Rai