Chitra Arvind

Artistic Director of Rhythmotion Indian Classical & Contemporary Dance Company, teacher, choreographer, performing artiste

Chitra Arvind

Recipient of

  • IIDF Contemporary Dance Award 2016
  • National Nritya Shiromani Award 2013 (Cuttack)
  • Young Achiever Award 2011 for Dance & Choreography
  • Best Dancer Award, Nupura 2001

Impaneled artist of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, Government of India), Graded artiste of Doordarshan (Indian Television) in Bharatanatyam and Kathak Chitra Arvind was initiated into dance at the age of seven and has since continued her journey in the styles of Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary dance. Trained in Bharatanatyam under Guru Dr.Lalitha Srinivasan, Guru B.Bhanumati and Guru Smt.Padmini Ravi, she is a rank holder in BA Choreography from the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, Bangalore. She trained in Kathak under Guru Dr.Maya Rao, Guru Smt.Chitra Venugopal; and Moulik Shah and Ishira Parikh, Ahmedabad.

Chitra was invited to work in London for several years with leading contemporary dance choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Wayne Mc Gregor and Laurie Booth as a performer, teacher and rehearsal director. There, she had the opportunity to acquire skills in the Indian martial art forms of Kalaripayattu and Chhau; Modern dance techniques including Graham, Cunningham and Release; and has studied Choreography from the Place Theatre, London. She has choreographed many dance productions in Indian Classical and Contemporary dance styles and has toured the UK, USA. Europe, South Korea, South East Asia and South Africa extensively and won accolades for her performances.

Chitra has been Cultural Ambassador to South Korea, sponsored by ICCR where The Rhythmotion Dance Company performed Indian Classical and Contemporary dance as part of the prestigious Busan International Dance Festival 2018. She has been invited to conduct workshops in Choreography and Indian Classical dance techniques at the University of California, Irvine; School for Ballet and Rhythmics Croatia and for the hearing and speech impaired students at SUVAG Polyclinic, Zagreb, Croatia.

Chitra trained in Carnatic Vocal and Instrument Veena under the able guidance of her mother Smt.Rama Srishailan. She has a Masters degree in History from the Karnataka State Open University. She has worked with eminent dance gurus and choreographers and has performed at various prestigious dance festivals in India and abroad. She also imparts dance training to the hearing and speech impaired students of SKID, Bangalore and supports their cause through Chalana-dance for a Cause, a Classical and Contemporary dance festival in aid of the Deaf Aid Society.

Practicing and professing dance for more than two decades, Chitra Arvind represents a vibrant new generation of dance makers. Her approach to choreography is ingenious, fresh and inspiring. She blends Indian dance culture with highly individual sounds of the artistes to produce works that are innovative and bang up-to-date. Chitra’s love and passion for dance is seen in her works created at Rhythmotion.

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