Nandini Manjunath

I am Choreographer, a Kathak (Indian classical dance) dancer, a Dance Movement psychotherapist and a Social scientist/Doctoral researcher. I have trained professionally in both Jaipur and Lucknow Gharana styles of Kathak from Natya institute of Kathak and Choreography, Bangalore under Guru Dr. Maya Rao and advanced training under Guru Prerna Chaturvedi. I graduated with a BA Hons. in Choreography from Bangalore University, India. I completed my training as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in 2018 and I am now pursuing a Professional doctorate in counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh.

In my present practice, I am passionate about bringing the creative into the academic and bringing all of my dancer, psychotherapist, social activist/feminist and researcher selves into the different spaces I reside and work in. After extensively performing, choreographing and teaching dance in performative and educational settings in India, I have worked in various choreographic, performance and educational contexts in Edinburgh and Scotland including Edinburgh festival fringe projects and have created and produced multiple mixed media productions and various outreach activities in the art and healthcare sectors. I co-head Agnyā Movement - An Edinburgh based Kathak and Choreography initiative as a part of the Theiyā Arts collective. In my work with Agnyā Movement, I have been involved in and presented both traditional and politically situated contemporary choreographic works at various community based festivals like Glasgow Mela 2020, Euro 2020, and Glasgow Mela 2021 in collaboration with Theiya Arts and Anahata band etc. My most recent work includes a collaboration with the Centre of Biomedicine self and society, University of Edinburgh and Theiya Arts on the webcast series 'The story I see' as part of an Arts-based research project that delves into gendered identity and body politics. My ongoing doctoral research project converges with my artistic practice in its focus on Feminist, Anti-colonial work and in exploring creative, relational ways of research engagement and data production.