Shila Mehta

, an internationally renownedall over the world has won her many prestigious awards. She has done her Masters in Fine Arts [Gold Medalist].

Today she is a rare combination of an accomplished performer, choreographer, director, teacher, administrator and an artist. As a soloist, she has performed in major cities of the world and established herself as one of the leading Kathak dancers. She has choreographed a number of group ensembles that have been both in classical and folk idiom.

She is also adept at conducting mass choreography working with 1500 participants on stage at a time. Over the years she has conceived, choreographed and presented over 200 compositions.

Shila has given numerous performances across India, USA, Germany, UK, Ireland, and Middle East. Her solo performances have won her many honors and awards. At home she was given the Nrtiya Praveen Award in Allahabad, Outstanding Group of Young Persons’ Award in Kolkata, Senior Fellowship Award in New Delhi, Kala Gurjari Award in Mumbai and from Texas, US she was given The Overseas Natya Award. Being empanelled artist with ICCR, she had the honor of performing Solo-Kathak at 17 cities of Germany under the series ‘Culture on Wheels’ at the invitation from the Government of India.

She was honored with an invitation from ISPA – New York USA, to attend conference as one of the fellows out of 7 Fellows from all over the world which was attended by the delegates from 35 countries.

In addition to this Shila has researched and worked on innovative concepts in Kathak, ‘Charani Kathak’ and ‘Chaitanya Yoga’. Furthermore she has also done collaborative work with Flamenco, Jazz and ballet dancers.

She is also the founder director of the Nupur Zankar Academy of Performing Arts and Research Centre, Mumbai.


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