I am a performing artist, dancer, choreographer and creative practitioner. I specialise in Indian dance ranging from Bhangra to Bollywood. I was born in Wolverhampton and my parents come from the Punjab state of India. Being from an Indian background I have grown up watching Bollywood (Indian) films and can bring in a first-hand experience so that children can be enriched and inspired.
• India Topic
• Bhangra (Traditional Punjabi Folk dance)
• Bollywood (Indian Film dance)
• Ancient Indian Mythology
• Indian folk dance using puppetry and story
• Creative Indian dance, drama and story telling
• Creative dance
• Dance and movement for Early Years
• Dance, Theatre, Mime, Impro
I explain the cultural origins and rich heritage of the Indian dances, costume demonstration, props, artefacts that I have collected from my journeys across India, show a short video/DVD of India.
I can deliver workshops linking to festivals, celebrations, religious education, faith, history, geography, ICT and dance, dance and health, PE.
I speak English, Punjabi and Hindi
I have worked extensively within the British Asian Entertainment Industry as a dance artist, events management and public relations. So I can bring in a wealth of experience to the classroom.
All my workshops are fully inclusive.
I have facilitated workshops across all key stage groups and post 16. My workshops have been provided throughout schools, colleges and Universities.
• 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cultural Olympiad, World of Dance Programme
• Speight of the Art Foundation
• Acorns Children’s Hospice
• 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester
• Dance Active course at The Dancexchange Birmingham
• Wolverhampton Art Gallery
• Heartlands Hospital NHS, Birmingham
• The Lowry Manchester
I am happy to work with teachers and create a bespoke package to suit the needs of the learners. My workshops are fun, enjoyable and educational.
Thank you for delivering such a fantastic project with the children at our school. All the staff felt that the children gained an exceptional amount from it and able to get the ‘flavour’ of life in a village in India! We were all impressed with your innovative use of our specialised equipment and the additional time you took to set up the environment. Your resources and the pace of the session were appropriate to children with complex learning difficulties. The staff felt that they could use some of your ideas to deliver the topic in future. We hope we will have the opportunity to work with you again.
Inclusion and Extended Schools Manager, Sandwell
Extensive use is made of visiting adults to add even more enrichment to the curriculum. For example, the Bhangra dancing makes a very important contribution to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development due to the skilful way they are encouraged to develop their imaginations, work with others and appreciate the world around them.
Ofsted Reporter, Nursery School, Birmingham, June 2012
Details of referees available upon request