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Chitra Shankar

Part-Time Lecturer

Theatre

Qualification

Diploma in Textile Design,
New Delhi Polytechnic, India

Dance Arangetram - Bharatanatyam,
Ganesha Natyalaya, India

Biography

Chitra is one of the best known choreographers, dancers and teachers of Bharatanatyam and Odissi in Singapore. Since 1998, she has been performing, choreographing and teaching dance lovers in this region. Besides Singapore, her students come from Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, UK and USA. More importantly, her students have followed her journey across Singapore and continued their learning irrespective of the location of the school.

Chitra’s career has been shaped by illustrious teachers and gurus in these traditional dance forms: Bharatanatyam - Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan and Smt. Neila Sathiyalingam; Odissi - Guru Hare Krishna Behera and Smt. Madhvi Mudgal.

Over the last 15 years in Singapore, her students have performed with aplomb at multiple events and venues across Asia and America, including India, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Indonesia, Japan as well as Mexico. She has also choreographed many original works, besides the traditional performances in Bharatanatyam and Odissi.

Recipient of numerous awards and recognition in the two different streams from multiple organizations, Chitra is empanelled with the ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations), an honour given to a chosen few.   Chitra is also honoured as ‘The Ambassador of Odissi in Singapore’ by the Odissi International for the forthcoming 5th Odissi International Festival in Bhubaneshwar, India in Dec 2014.

Chitra is now the Founder and Artistic Director for Chitrakala Arts, a performing arts venue based in Singapore, with branch operations due to be set up in USA.

Chitra has also written numerous reviews of dance performances in Singapore, which are published for various festivals of Indian classical dance.

Besides dance, Chitra also has a keen interest in drama and has acted in a pivotal role for a Tamil television serial “Nallathor Veenai” on MediaCorp’s Vasantham Channel.