Shalini Shivashankar, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam - Principal Teacher

Shalini had her initial training in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Guru Padmini Ramachandran of Bangalore in the Vazhavoor style. She did her Arangetram at the age of 12 and thereafter performed at various locations in India, UK, Canada and the Middle East. She has also performed for Bangalore doordarshan and was the recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship for higher studies in dance. She later moved to the Kalakshetra style under the tutelage of Shyamala Surendran of Cochin- a senior disciple of the Dhananjayans. Shalini has also trained with Radhika Shurajit, another senior disciple of the Dhananjayans and a very popular teacher, choreographer and dancer based in Chennai.


Pallavi Anand, Bharatanatyam Performing Artist & Junior Teacher

Pallavi’s initial inception into Bharatanatyam at the young age of five, began under the tutelage of her mother Shalini Shivashankar. As a young child, Pallavi was also privileged to have been trained in the rudiments of this dance style by two other teachers of exceptional calibre, both, proficient dancers from Kalakshetra-Ranjini Ganesan and Lekha Sasi in Bangalore and Bahrain respectively. Pallavi thus received a strong foundation in Bharatanatyam which has moulded and shaped her current style. For the past several years Pallavi has continued to imbibe the techniques and nuances of this dance style from her mother. She has also started exploring other classical dance styles and has begun her training in Mohiniattam and Odissi. Pallavi has presented several solo and group recitals on various stages in India and abroad.


Anekha Pillai, Bharatanatyam Performing Artist & Junior Teacher

Anekha started her bharatanatyam training with Shalini Shivashankar in 2003, at the young age of 6 and has the unique privilege of being one of Upahaar School of Dance’s first students in the UK. After several years of hard work, dedication and consistent training she had completed her arangetram in October 2015. She has performed on various stages both as a solo dancer and as part of the senior student’s ensemble in Upahaar presentations. Some such performances were at the Nehru Centre, the British Parliament and at the Bhavan in May 2015 as part of Nrithya- Upahaar, a festival of Indian classical dance. Anekha has also participated and won accolades in several competitions and talent shows. She is still content on continuing her dance training and as of late June has become a teaching assistant to her guru Shalini Shivashankar.


Daniella Zak Varghese Bharatanatyam Performing Artist & Junior Teacher

Daniella started her training in Bharatanatyam in 2002 under the guidance of Smt. Vinothini Bharathan. In 2012, she began training in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam under the tutelage of Smt. Shalini Shivashankar. Daniella is also a graduate from the CADT Yuva Gati programme in Birmingham.She has presented solo and group recitals extensively throughout the UK and in India.Daniella has also participated and won awards in several competitions,including 1 st prize at Yuva 2015.

Piya Varma, Bharatanatyam Teaching Assistant

Piya began learning Bharatnatyam in Mumbai in 2005 under the tutelage of Ms Anjana Dongre in the Kalakshetra style. After a pause of seven years, she returned to her passion for this dance style as she resumed her training under Shalini Shivashankar in 2014. Piya started volunteering at Upahaar school of dance’s Saturday classes, which helped her improve her skills in the basics of Bharatnatyam and develop her technique. She is now consistently training and aiming for her Arengetram in the near future.

Kalpana Segarajasingham, Carnatic Vocal- Upahaar Croydon

Smt. Kalpana Segarajasingham graduated from Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. She was initiated in Carnatic Music by her father, Pannisai Vithagar S Kanagasabai who was a wellknown singer in Jaffna. She had further guidance from the Director of Music of Northern Province in Sri Lanka - Ganapathy Pillai - to study the more complex side of Carnatic Music. After completing her degree in music and fine arts, Kalpana taught in Jaffna until she moved to England. Here, she has become a well-known committed teacher and has been teaching at London School of Carnatic Music for the past 18 years and Croydon Academy of Eastern Arts. She continues to have guidance from Kalamamani Bhushany Kalyanaraman who is a leading Carnatic musician in India.


Indu TM, Carnatic Vocal - Upahaar Crawley

Indu comes from a musical background. Her father is a musician, violinist. He has done the music direction for a few films and has worked as assistant music director for more than 38 years. Indu’s music training started from home with her father as her first Guru, then later she started training from a school "Temple of fine arts" in Chennai under the guidance of Guru Srimathy Rajeshwari. She has performed on many stages and also released audio albums. Indu started teaching music to children and adults at a very young age and is a dedicated and committed teacher..


Avinash Acharya, Carnatic Vocal - Upahaar Bromley

Learnt Carnatic classical music for over 7 years from Vidushi Rajamma Keshava Moorthy (Bangalore) and Vidushi Sarojamma (Mangalore). Completed Junior & Senior level exams (degree equivalent) conducted by the the Karnataka SSLC board.  Recipient of Akashavani Group singing National award in 1990 andin  Level-2 artiste at Akashavani Mangalore (1997-2000).  Performed regularly at Akashavani Bangalore and Mangalore between 1989 and 2000.   Won many district and state level awards and accolades in solo and group singing Actively teaching Carnatic classical singing to children and adults in the UK since 2013.  Affiliated with ASIM (Association of South Indian Music) in the UK for their annual singing grade exams.


Prathap Ramachandra, Percussion - Upahaar Sutton & Croydon

Prathap Ramachandra is an internationally acclaimed South Indian Percussionist, having taken his sounds to some of the biggest stages in the world and performed in some of the biggest festivals around the globe. Born and raised in Bangalore - India, Prathap is deeply rooted in Indian Classical Music, in a genre called Carnatic. He had his initial training from the age of 2 under his brother Prakash Ramachandra, and later advancedtraining under the guidance of K.N.Krishnamurthy. He was the only student being awarded by the Government of India with a scholarship to pursue training in Ghatam, at the age of ten. He has been a London based artist for the last 12 years, having developed his musical journey in three main areas - classical concerts, accompanying some of the best musicians and dancers from India and abroad, cross-cultural collaborations in music and dance,and musical training given to different kinds of students. He is specialised in Mridangam, Ghatam, Khanjiracand Konnakol.