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Team @ Dhurii

  • Company Faculty
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    Veena Narasimhan

    Yoga and Beginner Contemporary Dance instructor, Studio Manager

    "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the dance floor!"

    Like everyone else, I too am in the process of peeling off the many layers to create space for a simpler, and more authentic me. I love loving animals, yoga and of course dance! Humour, fun and honesty make up a few of the other important elements in my life.

    Dhurii is turning out to be the axis around which my life revolves. I am grateful and proud to be a part of Dhurii, and everything that it stands for.


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    Shylaja Singh

    Social media head

    "Dance is my escape from reality"

    Although my name is Shylaja Singh, I'm not shy and I'm better at dancing than singing. I am the social media head at Dhurii, from stories to posts to posters on Facebook and Instagram. A strong social media presence can make a huge difference and have gained experience from creating content on TikTok (previously known as Musical.ly) for years now, I've recently hit a million views. Aside from the videos, I've endorsed a few brands on my Instagram as an influencer which has furthered my experience in understanding the demographics and visibility on social media. I've been with Dhurii since the beginning of 2018 and I've been learning Belly and Bollywood since then.

    If you want to see my face glow and my eyes twinkle then just talk about dogs, or show me a dog or watch me with a dog, in short- anything canine-related. And if you're wondering why I'm not bubbling with energy then that's cause I haven't had a cup of my filter coffee. In my opinion, sipping a hot cup of coffee and reading a book is time well spent. If you want me to rant endlessly just talk about a TV series. Dog lover. Dancer. Creator. Influencer.


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    Ruthvi Deev

    Belly Dance, Bollywood and Indo Contemporary Instructor

    “Dance your worries out”

    Dancing is meditation. As Meditation helps you focus or concentrate on a particular thing, Dancing does the same for me. It keeps me away from all the ugly things I go through and helps me recover. Dancing is my medicine. It helps me express my happiness, sadness, fear, anger all sort of emotions. It’s such a stressbuster I must say. I feel when we dance we are in that moment thinking about nothing and just enjoying and living the moment no matter what disaster is happening out there.which is why after exploring many dance forms I have taken up belly dance, jazz, bollywood where I am most comfortable to share all my emotions. You show some love to DANCE it will shower you back the same love.


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    Pushyank Nahar

    Beginner Contemporary, Bollywood and Indo/Intermediate Contemporary Teacher, Bungfly instructor

    "It takes a village to raise a child"

    I never thought I would be a professional dancer considering I had landed a job at Amazon but I guess the universe has different plans for me. At Christ University is when I really dug deep into dancing, winning all the major competitions. I started my dance career at Nritarutya in 2015, where I was trained in Bharatanatyam, Contemporary, Martial Arts, Aerial and Yoga. Aside from the dance forms, I was trained extensively in performance projection. Having performed over 50 shows officially. Then I went to Bangalore School For Performing Arts, to train kids and young adults, where I really got a grasp of how to be a patient yet firm teacher and instructor. In Feb 2018 I started my journey at Dhurii as an administrator and instructor. I have done many courses, classes and workshops which has turned the attention towards my artistic side. Having learnt from a variety of teachers here at Dhurii has given me a lot of exposure to movement and culture.

    I spend the majority of my time on YouTube learning about animals. I'm generally a very curious person and am willing to learn anything, just to add another arrow to my quiver.

    Performer. Teacher. Artiste. Student


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    Jayashree Arunkumar

    Belly Dance and Pilates Instructor

    “Live for the moments you can't put into words”

    Hey hey! How about those little things in our lives that we enjoy and also make us a happier version of ourselves every day! Doing the thing that makes our hearts beat faster and our eyes glow even when we just talk about it, is a beautiful thing! One such thing for me is dancing. I'm a full-time software developer, part-time into dancing and yoga. Yes, I love to have this busy life that keeps me going but oh wait! My dance journey began just two years ago when I moved to blore. I never really realized that I had so much potential until I had this push from some of my beautiful trainers around me. My endless love towards dancing and choreographing just keeps me going and I'm the happiest when I'm teaching people the thing I love the most. In addition to dancing, Yoga is something that always soothes the inner myself.


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    Natasha Unugboji

    Zumba and Bungfly Instructor, Fitness Enthusiast

    "There's a beauty in achieving things you once thought you couldn't"

    I'm Natasha, a Content writer turned Zumba instructor and fitness enthusiasts. My dual role has me using up more hours in my day than I normally would but I have no complaints. I've always been an active person, with a strong I-can-do-it attitude. I thoroughly enjoy spreading fitness through Zumba and Bungfly because I feel, it's a great stress-relieving way to stay fit and healthy.

    I believe fitness has become more of vanity nowadays and I want to help as many people understand that fitness will always be a continuous journey of self-care. To me, fitness is not so much about 6 pack abs or a zero figure and but rather about achieving holistic health in your body and mind. My body is the only thing I have full control over, the only thing that is fully mine. It is a tool or an instrument through which I can perform actions and therefore it must be taken care of.


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    Poonam Gulati

    Pilates Instructor and Studio Manager

    "A positive attitude should be a constant in one's life"

    As a studio manager and also mother to Aastha, it's important for me to always ensure Dhurii is a warm and welcoming place. I'm constantly coming up with ideas and ways to make Dhurii feel like home to me and to every person that comes here. It's always been a journey of building relationships not only with our clients but also helping them build relationships with their bodies through my teachings as a pilates instructor.

    As a mother, I believe in the strength of your own body and mind. Age should never be a factor in determining the things that you want to do. This is why I'm always intrigued to take up new things, experiment and indulge in new projects. Apart from Dhurii, I've always been actively involved in social work, and have spent good years of my life working with cancer patients, spastic children, teaching underprivileged children and more.

    I love the concept of Dhurii being a place where people come to rejuvenate and I'm constantly working on keeping it that way.


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    Kala

    Studio CareTaker

    Always there - our superwoman, our go to person, our never give up firecracker Kala takes care of dhurii like her own.


  • External Faculty
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    Pia Bunglowala

    Contemporary Dance

    "Movement can very often say things that words cannot. This is what attracts me to dance the most"

    I am a freelance movement artist and facilitator based in Bangalore. I did my Diploma at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in 2008 and I trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Bharatnatyam, kalarippayatu among other forms. Since then I have worked as a freelancer with various dance companies and choreographers in the city like Nritarutya and travelled with them extensively (Scotland in January 2014 - Celtic Connections Festival, Germany in April 2015 - Hannover Messe,MAKE IN INDIA). I have been part of the cast of KHWAAB SA, an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Mumbai based theatre director Atul Kumar, of The Company Theatre. I am currently part of the Citizens of Stage Co Lab, which is a collective of skilled contemporary dancers in the city who performed, teach and choreography and engage with the community. I also teach kids of various ages and teach modules for adults in various studios in the city.

    I absolutely love teaching at Dhurii. I have taught for two editions of the Toolbox series and have been witness to some great students who now have taken up dance much more seriously and have made movement a part of their lives! In my class at Dhurii, I will cover basic contemporary dance techniques with a combination of stretching, weight bearing and sharing and floor work based on release technique. There is a special focus on strengthening the core or the abdominal muscles as they are the powerhouse of strength required by the body to enable it to move, leap and express. Developing specific muscles like the arm and shoulders, the quadriceps through dynamic movements and exercises will further enable the body to discover range, movement and flow.


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    Vishal Telang

    American Contemporary Dance

    "Movement can very often say things that words cannot. This is what attracts me to dance the most"

    I am a graduate of the Independent and Seminar Program from Peridance Capezio Center, New York City. I teach Contemporary Dance by fusing the elements of Modern Dance and basic Ballet. I have always been a very curious person in general, also very much interested in the history and the roots of origination, which is why I chose to extensively research, study and develop my information and skills in Contemporary dance from its beginnings. This led me to go to New York City and study Modern Dance, Ballet and Contemporary Dance for 5 years. I have been a part of Shiamak Davar's Institute for the Performing Arts and Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares with 19 years of experience in teaching dance. Performed around Europe (Portugal, Germany, Poland, Austria) for a Hindi Musical by Swapna Khanna and Raman Khanna. Danced in the movie Bunty Aur Babli. Performed at the New York City Center for Yuka Kawazu. Performed at the Salvatore Capezio Center (New York City) for Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg.

    Contemporary Dance - This class will be focusing on European and Classical American Modern Techniques. Flow and Transitions will form the base of the class while exploring principles of modern dance like release, contraction and spirals.

    I believe that information and experiences gathered is supposed to be shared among people and help develop a community which is why I enjoy teaching. It not just allows me to share but in turn teaching teaches me.


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    Junaid

    Urban Dance

    "Be open to whatever comes next"

    Junaid is one of the most versatile talent in Indian dance fraternity. He is capable of moulding himself into any dance forms and carries a professional experience of 8 years. He started his journey at "Attakalari center of movement and arts" and "HipHop India". Then he joined other professional companies to expand his teaching skills. He also worked as dancer and assisted in choreography in Kannada Film Industry. Junaid was shortlisted and a part of "Dancing star Season 2" and "Bindass Naach" to showcase his talent on National Television. He was also an integral part of DESI HOPPERS Crew who won First place at World of Dance 2015. He has been taking workshops throughout India. He has also been a collaborative part of NRITYA SHAKTI TOUR workshop 2016 and 2017. He also choreographed for Argenil on one of their music videos "She did it" featuring Eddie Heartthrob and Niharka NM. Junaid is adept in hiphop/urban and contemporary dance forms and has been sharpening his skillset under the guidance of many National and International artists throughout his years in training.

    BELIEF- I believe we should be open to learn and enjoy any form of dancing.

    DHURII - My classes at dhurii space involves making a person understand their Body movement and also understanding of how music works.

    Well seeing my students grow makes me happy :)


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    Shruti Kulkarni

    Belly Dance

    "And then, she decided to dance with her soul forever"

    it was when I read this a few years ago I realised how much this profession means to me. I am Shruti Kulkarni, a Bangalore based dancer practising and teaching belly dancing across the city for the past 5 years. I have completed my Diploma in dance in 2012 from Attakkalari and I am training in Kathak from the past 6 years under Guru Murari Sharan Gupta. Belly dance was introduced to me in 2013 and there has been no looking back since then. I continue to train with international teachers till date to ensure quality teaching in my class. A lot of creative excercises that I combine with belly dance helps the students explore and understand dance beyond technique.

    One thing I love about Dhurri and people associated with the studio is the exchange of energy and honesty in work. There is this undenying driving force that keeps the place so lively, warm and welcoming. I absolutely love teaching here because of the commitment I see in students despite all other commitments. I'm extremely happy to be part of this fantastic creative space.


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    Pallavi Jain

    Jazz and Ballet

    “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” ― Martha Graham

    it was when I read this a few years ago I realised how much this profession means to me. I am Shruti Kulkarni, a Bangalore based dancer practising and teaching belly dancing across the city for the past 5 years. I have completed my Diploma in dance in 2012 from Attakkalari and I am training in Kathak from the past 6 years under Guru Murari Sharan Gupta. Belly dance was introduced to me in 2013 and there has been no looking back since then. I continue to train with international teachers till date to ensure quality teaching in my class. A lot of creative excercises that I combine with belly dance helps the students explore and understand dance beyond technique.

    From a very young age of 10 years I was exposed to the professional atmosphere of a dance artist, I always felt like as a dancer I had a purpose and responsibility to make my art form be heard and seen from my perspective. Dance from me has always been a deep way from me to connect with myself and understand my connection with the world. Dance is my best friend, my escape, my saviour in disguise.....its been exactly I NEED it to been according to the life condition I'm in.

    Having trained and worked with The Danceworx, Rhythmotion, Edu Art Society, The world dance school, I feel grateful and blessed to have met beautiful teachers like Ashley Lobo, Butch Godito, Ratika Ram Kumar, Nakula Somana, Suhas Lohar, Tino Snchez to name a few.

    In my journey ahead I look forward to create my own movement vocabulary blending yoga , ballet and contemporary.


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    Nivetha Shree

    Belly Dance

    Fascinated by arts as a child, Nivetha began studying Belly dance 6 years ago under teachers Colleena Shakti, Lamia Barbara, Violet Scrap, Sedona Soulfire to name a few. After training in both Belly dance and Yoga, she discovered and deeply fell in love with Tribal Fusion Belly dance.

    Over these years she has taught workshops and performed in various belly dance festivals and also she had the privilege of organizing Tribal Nritta - the first event dedicated to Tribal Fusion Belly dance in Bangalore.

    Nivetha’s vision of dance aims towards the connection between body, mind and spirit.


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    Prashant More

    Contemporary Dance

    “In term to gain Knowledge, Share whatever Knowledge you have.” – David Zambrano.

    Prashant More is a contemporary performing artist based in Bangalore, India. He has been engaged in artistic work as a performer, teacher and a creator. He studied and trained in India and Europe. In 2012, he graduated in Contemporary dance from Attakkalari, India and also worked as a repertory dancer. He took intensive training in Flying Low and passing through and Choreography and in Physical Experimental Performances in Amsterdam and Berlin.

    He is a passionate teacher and he engages largely in sharing and exchange knowledge with students. He is a guest faculty at Dhurii space where he teaches Flying low intensives for Tool Box (4 months dance training course) participants. He also organises a workshop module under the name of ‘Breaking Points’ where he teaches professional dancers in India. Aparts from teaching dance, Prashant also has a hobby in Photography (Street Photography)

    Flying Low - This technique focuses mainly on dancer’s relationship with the floor, utilizing simple movement patterns, speed, alertness, awareness with space and other fellow dancers, and spirals which explore cohesion and expansion of the body.
    Breaking Points - This Physical Movement Practice offers, a dancer/mover to critically develop a skill-set and physical intelligence by actively deconstructing the current movement vocabulary he/she has, in order to create a risk-based space for exploration leading to an encountering of the next physical challenge that pushes the body to go deep into their own dance language derived consciously through stepping out of one's comfort zone.

    Although very physical, the class will follow a clear structure never breaking the flow but systematically guiding one from the beginning to the end, maintaining a synergy of one energy that binds all, with non- judgmental but a friendly approach.


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    Arpita Banerjee

    Kathak Dance

    Arpita Banerjee started learning Kathak at a tender age of 5 under the kind tutelage of Nritya Shiromani Guru Bandana Sen and NrityavilasSuchandra Banerjee in Kolkata. she continues her training under Guru Shri Murali Mohan and Smt Nandini Mehta since 2006. Arpita has attained the degrees of Visharad (BA), Alankar (MA) and Shiksha Visharad (B.Ed.) in Kathak from the AkhilBharatiyaGandharvaMahavidyalaya.
    Arpita has also been fortunate to learn various styles n vastness of Kathak under many Gurus in different workshops. She has been fortunate to learn under Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji, Rani Khanam Ji, Maulik Bhai n IshiraBehn, Late Pt. Arjun.

    Performamces at a glance :
    NrityaDhare(Bangalore), West Bengal State Music Academy Awards Function(Kolkata), LakkundiUtsav (Hubli), Dharwad festival (Dharwad), Kalanadam -festival of Indian Classical Dances(Bangalore), Cuttack Mahotsav(Odisha), Konark Festival(Odisha), Chalukya Festival(Bagalkot), Indian Habitat Centre(New Delhi), Stars of Tommorrow (Kolkata), KarurNatyanjali(Tamilnadu), IIDF Hyderabad and many many more. Arpita has travelled the USA, Canada, Cambodia, Thailand for various performances and workshops. She had the honor to hold a white official passport during her tour to the Thailand for performances conducted by the Ministry of Culture.

    Arpita trains a bunch of students intensively to hold on the traditionalism of Kathak. She strives to maintain and teach the right aesthetics of Kathak to the younger generation so as to keep the gharanas of Kathak alive. She is trained in Lucknow Gharana of Kathak and has also explored the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak and shares her knowledge the same way with her students as earned from her Gurus. Arpita also choreographs and mentors professional dancers as she holds her own style of dancing.


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    Darrel Roberts

    Latin dance Instructor

    "Dance is Magical romance, passion to fall in love with yourself"

    Dance is not the only thing in a persons life but it's safe to say one can immerse himself/herself in dance and is compelled to share this fascination with others. Beyond the complusion to share what I love with others i am enthralled with the art and act of teaching, every day i remember what it's like to be a student,, we all have been there, haven't we. But I don't rest until i pass on the skills which i have developed nd mastered in time, Everyone's a born dancer, but all we need is someone to encourage,cheers nd motivate people to dance like a beautiful peacock which every person admires “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”


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    Joshua Sailo

    Prime Mover

    Joshua Sailo investigates movement through a multidisciplinary lens informed by close collaborations with other artists and improvisational studies. His playful approach towards performance-making stems from a curiosity towards the parallels, juxtapositions, and conjunctions that exist within the interaction of different art forms and contextualizing dance within the socio-political framework.

    Joshua holds an MA in Dance awarded by Institute of The Arts Barcelona/Liverpool. John Moores University for his creative practice researching the emobdiment of gendered personifications and continues to deepen his choreographic investigation through the initiative Sailoway. As a performer, Joshua has worked with various international artists including Cirque du Soleil, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Nachom Arts Foundation, Studios Wayne Mc-Gregor, Toronto Dance Theatre, 45 Degrees, Peggy Baker, Mandeep Raikhy, and Darryl Tracy amongst others.

    Prime Movers is a consolidated movement practice that emerged from the synthesis of various movement principles and methods that aims to build awareness of the body and access a dynamic range of embodied possibilities. This ever evolving method was devised by Joshua Sailo from his training and experience working with numerous choreographers, companies and practitioners to enhance the physical training as well as challenge the intellect and creativity of a dancer through playful compositional and theatrical tools.