Anita Srivastava

Producer

Anita Srivastava is an Independent Arts Manager and the Founding Director of New Dimensions Arts Management. Anita has specialist knowledge in South Asian Dance underpinned by her deep & broad interest across the dance sector. With over 20 years’ experience, Anita has a proven track record of successfully applying her marketing and management skills in the education & arts sector.

Prior to moving to England, Anita managed a national training initiative in India. She started her career in arts management in the UK in 2000 with Kadam, where she was responsible for strategic planning & management of their core projects, International Summer School & Pulse Magazine. In 2008, she was selected for Arts Council England’s Escalator Leadership Development Programme in the East region which provided her the impetus & confidence to set up New Dimensions.

New Dimensions works with strategic South Asian dance organisations in creating and delivering projects of regional and national significance. The Company has extensive experience of building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels and works with other experienced arts professionals to develop projects and create synergies where possible.

Anita’s project management and marketing expertise have been commended for the successful delivery of ‘Dance India – International Summer School’ for Milapfest from 2008 to 2011, the profile-raising and recruitment of students since 2009 for the national South Asian strand of the Centre for Advanced Dance Training Programme led by DanceXchange and Sampad, the marketing of the national South Asian strand of U.Dance for Dance4 and increasing its connectivity within the South Asian dance community, developing database of artists and providing marketing support via management of Akademi’s South Asian dance website, and most recently, by the BBC & Saddler’s Wells for successfully engaging participants for the BBC Young Dancer competition for South Asian dance category.

Navadisha 2016 will be Anita and New Dimensions’ maiden venture as a Producer.

Piali Ray OBE

Artistic Director

Piali Ray OBE is the Founder and Director of Sampad South Asian Arts, one of the UK’s leading and most influential agencies for the promotion of arts originating from the Indian sub-continent.

For the past 25 years Piali has been a driving force in promoting and supporting the cultural development of Indian diaspora regionally, nationally and internationally. Her endless energy, creativity and expansive wisdom have led to her becoming a well-known and respected cultural leader and mentor within the UK arts sector and beyond.

Originating from Bengal, India, Piali has been a performer, teacher and choreographer in the UK since 1982, excelling in these fields and touring extensively in India, UK and internationally.

Under Piali’s leadership, Sampad has grown to be an exemplary organisation in supporting and developing the profile of South Asian arts and artists in the UK, allowing audiences and communities to experience high-quality arts through performances, festivals, conferences and education and outreach work.

Piali was honoured with an OBE in 2002 and an Honorary Doctorate by University of Central England in 2006 and in 2009 she was awarded Outstanding Business Person of the Year by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the British Indian Award for Arts and Culture in 2015.

In addition to her role as Director of Sampad, Piali has worked as a choreographer and dance teacher throughout the UK since 1982, working with world-class organisations such as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The National Gallery and the National Theatre. In 2012 she was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival to produce two large scale shows – Moving Earth and Mandala, which were widely recognised as flagship events for South Asian arts in the UK.

Chitra Sundaram

Lead Consultant

Chitra Sundaram is a London-based dance artist of distinction, widely recognised in India, Britain, and in the international dance community. She is acclaimed over decades of performance for her technique, artistry and performative intelligence. Primarily a soloist, Chitra’s long history of international performance & choreography includes collaborations with Akademi, inDance/Hari Krishnan (Canada), Divya Kasturi, Mavin Khoo Dance, Seeta Patel, Anita Ratnam (India), Shane Shambhu, SIFAS (Singapore), and Union Dance. As mentor, she has worked with a number of younger artists making a mark today.

She is equally highly respected for her insights, understanding and engagement with issues surrounding South Asian dance and is an experienced and sought-after panellist, moderator, and keynote speaker, having participated in several important UK & international conferences. Her presentations have been published as papers in conference proceedings in the US, UK and India. As long-time editor of Pulse, the premier South Asian dance magazine from Britain, she propelled the magazine and the South Asian dance scene in Britain to international attention during her tenure by focusing on issues critical for both the dance and the diaspora.

Chitra teaches dance via intensives and workshops at academic and practice-led institutions including South Asian Dance-theatre Performance Methodologies Module for the Drama & Performance Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is also on the Indian Classical Dance Faculty of the ISTD. Chitra has served as a Trustee of Westminster Arts and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Vipul Sangoi

Design and Communications Manager, Photographer

Vipul Sangoi has been involved with dance for more than 35 years, initially as a photographer and later as a designer, creative and conceptual collaborator. He is the creative head of Raindesign, a communication design consultancy. He was the first designer for Pulse Magazine

Vipul graduated from the National Institute of Design, India, in Visual Communication and received the Chevening scholarship to do an MA in Interactive Multi Media from the University of the Arts London.

He has exhibited his dance photographs in solo as well as group shows in UK and India. His photographs have been widely published.

Vipul has designed costumes, stage sets, soundscapes and multi-media projects for performances. He is also a film-maker and has art directed a feature film.

Parbati Chaudhury

Project Assistant (Admin & Marketing)

Parbati Chaudhury is a London-born and based dance artist and teacher. Her training in kathak began in 1998 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, with Sushmita Ghosh and Abhay Shankar Mishra, and continues independently under the tutelage of Urja Desai Thakore.

As a performer, Parbati regularly features in Pagrav Dance Company (I, Within, Detox), Akademi (Navodit, Bells Revisited) and Kadam-Pulse (My Soul Is Alight) productions. As a teacher, she leads kathak classes at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, for Academy of Moving Arts and for Khyal Arts.

In 2015, Parbati won two national youth dance awards: Akademi’s Kathak Solo Category of Yuva; Milapfest’s Yuva Nritya Ratna Award, which she is using to look into unfamiliar performing arts disciplines such as kalaripayattu and musical theatre, thereby exploring fresh avenues of presentation, interpretation and alternative movement dynamics.

Aside from her dance practice, Parbati works at Pulse magazine to support the creation of a more integrated, informed and innovative South Asian arts community. Parbati is also keen to expand her skills and experience in arts administration, promotion and education, and works on freelance basis.

Jaivant Patel

Project Assistant (Social Media & Marketing)

Jaivant Patel is based in Wolverhampton and trained at The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2004 with a BPA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance Performance. He has worked as an independent artist, choreographer, producer, consultant and lecturer for many reputable organisations and educational establishments on various diverse projects.

In 2009 he completed a residency with Shobana Jeyasingh at Greenwich Dance Agency, entitled Creating Hybrids. He has worked with leading choreographers such as Bisakha Sarker, Sharon Watson, Jeremy Nelson and Laurent Cavanna.

He was also an Ambassador for the Alchemy Black Country festival in 2015, writing an article in Pulse Magazine about his experiences.

Recognised as a future leader in the arts, Jaivant Patel was selected for Dance UK’s 2015/16 Dancers’ Mentorship and Choreographers Observership Programmes. Jaivant is an Independent Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. Currently he is being supported by the cultural leadership programme Re:Present (in partnership with Arts Council England, Creative Shift and Birmingham City Council).

One of Jaivant’s highlights of 2015, was being asked to speak at the launch of the new UK body for dance ‘One Dance UK’.

Jaivant is very excited to be part of the Navadisha team, which will further support his continuous professional development in reaching his cultural leadership potential.