About Archita...

Archita Kumar is an independant dance artist and composer.  She has worked for several companies in the UK dance sector including Akademi, Pagrav Dance Company, Kadam, Sampad Arts, Nutkhut, Emergency Exit Arts and DanceXchange.  She is a recipient of the Bonnie Bird Fund's Marion North Choreographic Mentoring Award for the year 2018.  

As a musician, Archita has performed with Bollywood composer Pritam Chakraborty and toured with Kasabian as a backing vocalist.  Her vocals have also been featured on BBC's Indian Railway series.  She has composed original music for dance, including Emergency Exit Arts' Diwali in Trafalgar Square (2016), Akademi Choreographic Commissions (2016) and Sampad Arts' 2017 India-Pakistan Partition project. Her commercial music releases have recieved BBC radio airplay. 

Archita's dance training began under her mother Gopana Kumar.  She then attended London's Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan from 1992, training in Kathak (under Jayshree Acharya and Abhay Shakar Mishra), Sitar (under Vijaykumar Jagtap and Gaurav Mazumdar) and Hindustani Vocal (under Pandit Vishwa Prakash).  She furthered her Kathak training with Triveni Dance Company, Pagrav Dance Company and later at the Kadamb Institute in Ahmedabad, India under the guidance of pioneering Kathak guru Kumudini Lakhia.  She has also attended masterclasses taught by Saswati Sen, Geetanjali Lal, Aditi Mangaldas, and Pandit Birju Maharaj.

 

In 2001, she was selected by Pandit Birju Maharaj to perform with him as an ensemle dancer in Triveni Dance Company's Legacy of Tradition, performed at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.  The ensemble consisted of several eminent Kathak artists including Saswati Sen, Pratap Pawar, Akram Khan and Gauri Sharma Tripati.  Archita has regularly featured in several productions by Akademi including Waterscapes, Ekatra (choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia), Bells, Daredevas, Sufi Zen and most recently Paradiso (choreographed by Jose Agudo).

 

As a teacher, Archita has taught Kathak for Morley College, Pagrav Dance Company, Khyal Arts and is a tutor for the South Asian strand of CAT (Centre for Advanced Dance Training).  She was invited as a judge for the 2017 and 2019 national South Asian dance competition Navadal.  She has led dance workshops in schools, community and healthcare settings including older adults, intergenerational, women-only and with those living with dementia. 

 

   

Image courtesy Kasabian
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