Anusha Subramanyam, director of Beeja, is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance movement therapist. he is seen as one of the most exciting exponents of Bharatanatyam working ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of its tradition. Her work is trans-cultural and inter-generational. Anusha has choreographed a wide range of performances and has collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines to create work that is accessible, entertaining and challenging. Anusha is an inspiring teacher who, for the last 23 years, has focused on integrating dance, education, somatic and contemplative practices into her work. She has also trained as a Pilates teacher. Anusha has performed and taught internationally. Her passion for dance and belief that everyone can dance is at the core of Beeja ethos.
Anusha is also a dance movement therapist, specialising in working with children with autism, metal and physical disabilities.
She is the programme leader of CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) in Bharatanyam as well as programme director for Dance-India summer school, organised by Milapfest, in Manchester.
She is an alumunus of Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, where she graduated in honours in 1986. She subsequently trained under Leela Samson in Delhi. With her mother she worked children with special needs. In 1993 she studied at the Spastic Society in Delhi. In 1994 she was awarded the Dr. PN Berry and Chevening Scholarships to study Dance Movement Therapy in UK.
Vipul Sangoi trained as a communications designer. He is a guide, critic, designer and photographer at Beeja. He also provides administrative support. Vipul graduated in visual communications from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. After 10 years of running a design office, Raindesign, he did an MA in Interative MultiMedia at the London College of Printing (now University of Arts London), as a Chevening scholar. As a designer for over twenty five years, his design projects have ranged from books, newspapers and websites to films and clothes.
As a performing arts photographer Vipul has had solo and group shows in India and the UK.
Shyla Lakshminarayana trained in Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra, Chennai, and then trained under Sheejith Krishna for a further two years. Following this, she completed a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology at Annamalai University, one of the top ranked research universities in India. She was the principal dance tutor at the Valley School, Krishnamurti Foundation, Bangalore. She was awarded the Trinity Laban International Bursary in 2007 to study Dance Science at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in London. Shyla’s Master’s dissertation focused on joint injuries in Bharatanatyam dancers, an area in which she is pursuing further research. Since joining Beeja, she has performed and conducted workshops, in addition to delivering training sessions in dance integrating Bharatanatyam and Dance Science, under the supervision of Anusha Subramanyam. Shyla is also teaching assistant to Anusha at the CAT (Centre Advanced Training) programme in Birmingham.
Elena has started her training in bharatanatyam in 2001 and since then has learned this dance form from a number of renowned teachers in Latvia, India – New Delhi and the UK. Having studied other dance styles and techniques, Elena is interested in all aspects of dance including performance, teaching, choreography and dance administration. She has completed an Arts Management and later a Performance Studies course at Birkbeck, University of London, and is currently doing MFA in Choreography at Roehampton University. Elena joined Beeja in 2007 as a student and now she is an active member of the company as a performer, teacher and an admin assistant.
Sri R.R.Prathap is a versatile artist from Bangalore, India. A student of Vidwan. K.N.Krishanmurthy of Banglore, he started performing from the age of eight. He has achieved many prestigious awards including the 1995 Best Sahavadayam awarded given by Bangalore Gayan Samaj. He has also won many competitions including the 1997 National Competition conducted by All India Radio. He was also awarded scholar ship by Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT). He has regularly performed on Radio and Television and accompanied many leading artists like Kadari Gopalnath, Mandolin srinivas etc. He has also played in many know fusion groups and contemporary music.
Catherine studied Ancient and Modern History at Oxford University and is a Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Musuem. She has trained in Bharatanatyam with Anusha Subramanyam and presents her first solo show on 14 October 2006. She has a particular interest in the dialogue between dance and the fine arts and the possibilities of performance as an interpretative tool within museums.