Dance India Tutors 2012

Leela Samson – Advanced Class
Padmashri Leela Samson received the impulses for her growth as a dancer from Kalakshetra, the College of Fine Arts in Chennai, Tamil- Nadu. She adheres to the mould of the Kalakshetra technique yet has grown out of its binding, believing as she does that adherence to any school is a point of reference only. She is an acclaimed performer, accomplished teacher & choreographer, and also an acknowledged author. In May 2005, she became the Director of her alma mater, Kalakshetra and in 2010 was appointed Chair of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India.  In 2011 she became the Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification of India.

Priyadarsini Govind – Intermediate Class
Priyadarsini Govind is one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers amongst the current generation. She is a dancer known for her command of traditional technique while at the same time effortlessly embracing the contemporary. Acquiring a massive repertoire of padams and javalis from the Abhinaya guru Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, Priyadarsini is renowned for her exquisite expressiveness.

Anjana Anand – Beginners Class
Anjana Anand graduated from the Kalakshetra Foundation in 1998 with a diploma in dance. Engaged in a full-time career in Bharatanatyam (performance, choreography, and teaching) since 2001, she is an independent solo artist who has performed in major venues in India and abroad. Anjana now works in the recently launched Research and Development wing at the Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. She is one of the founding members of Sahrdaya Foundation in Chennai.


Kumudini Lakhia – Advanced Class
Padmashri Kumudini Lakhia , of the Lucknow gharana, is one of the foremost Gurus and Kathak Choreographers in India. Credited with many innovations in Kathak, she is the Founder & Director of Kadamb, a renowned Kathak institution in Ahmedabad, India. Her teaching and choreography is admired not only in India but the world over.

Prashant Shah – Intermediate Class
Prashant Shah is an exceptional dancer with a dynamic, crisp, and precise style. A graduate of the Kadamb School, he is known for his masculine grace and extensive repertoire. He is now a leading member of the Kadamb Performance Troupe, which is known for it’s innovative dance productions within the traditional frame of classical Kathak dance. With these influences, Prashant has developed an acute awareness of space and form, resulting in great acclaim in India and throughout Europe.

Sanjukta Sinha – Assistant to the Advanced Class
Sanjukta Sinha, student of Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, is a young and
upcoming Kathak dancer representing the new generation of artistes
in India. She currently teaches in Kadamb at Ahmedabad, is an
ICCR empanelled artist and regularly features in major festivals across


Advanced Class taught by Sujata Mohapatra
Sujata Mohapatra is the world’s leading Odissi dancer, renowned for her unbending adherence to her Guru, Kelucharan Mohapatra’s style which is known for its grace, depth of expression, and technical perfection. Her dance has an arresting and a striking sculpturesque quality that is most dynamic. Amongst the present generation she has established herself as a dancer of repute, having achieved the techniques and subtleties of the Odissi form. Her grace, perfection and spellbinding charm has won her accolades world-wide. She has performed and taught extensively in all the major cities in India and abroad including countries such as Germany, Canada, UK, USA, Belgium and Malaysia.

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