Personal profile



I am a doctoral student in Dance Studies. I am a  bharatanatyam (Indian dance) performer, teacher and choreographer with 26 years of dance training and a master's degree (distinction). I speak English (first language), Tamil and Kannada (native proficiency) and French (full working proficiency).  

PhD project overview:

As a 21st century global dance, bharatanatyam posits its observation through the queer lens. Whilst emerging South Asian gender, sex and queer theories extensively analyse Indian film, television and literature, these theories do not actively engage with accounts based on Indian classical dance. My PhD attempts to address this paucity of information by elucidating how queer sexualities and desire are constructed and negotiated in the predominantly heteronormative bharatanatyam milieu at home (India) and abroad (UK).

Research interests:

Gender and sexuality, dance, queerness, South Asia, decolonialisation

Education/Academic qualification

Dance, MA, Helping children with ADHD learn school subjects through bharatanatyam based dance movement

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012

Dance, BA (Hons)

Award Date: 31 Jul 2010

Dance, PhD, The Queer male bharatanatyam dancer: negotiating gender and sexuality in performance, University of Roehampton


  • NX Arts in general
  • Dance Studies
  • Gender studies