Staff

  • Anjal Chande, Founder & Artistic Director

    Anjal Chande, Founder & Artistic Director

    Anjal Chande is a choreographer, composer, writer, percussionist, and teacher who innovates through multidisciplinary dance. In 2007, Anjal founded Soham Dance Space with an expansive vision for the possibilities of bharatanatyam. As a teacher, Anjal aims to teach the form with pristine integrity, while also instilling a sense of creative possibility and autonomy within students.

    As a contemporary bharatanatyam artist, Anjal has performed as a soloist at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco; Drive East in New York City; World Music Festival in Chicago; Narada Gana Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts German Hall, and Chinmaya Heritage Center in Chennai; Chinmaya Vibhooti Center in Pune; Chinmaya Bhakti Pravah in Delhi; and the National Center for Performing Arts and National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai. She is the recipient of awards from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, the Ragdale Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright Student Program to study in Berlin, Germany this upcoming year.

    Anjal grounds her commitment to innovation and artistic evolution in years of multi-disciplinary study with masterful teachers. Anjal is a disciple of bharatanatyam exponent Smt. Hema Rajagopalan, having trained intensively and performed extensively with Natya Dance Theatre in Chicago, from a young age through the end of college, which provided a rich and thorough foundation. In the past decade, she pursued further studies under renowned artists in Chennai, India, having learned nattuvangam under Bhagavatula Seetaram Sarma of Kalakshetra and abhinaya under Smt. Indira Kadambi, Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam, and Smt. Bragha Bessell. She is a proficient percussionist and learned tabla under Raju Deshmukh in Chicago and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music, California, in addition to playing western percussion throughout school.

    Described by The New York Times as a “gifted stylist” and by Time Out Chicago as “arrestingly poetic”, Anjal is paving new pathways as a contemporary artist and teacher. Across her passions and disciplines, Anjal holds an unwavering commitment to the sacredness of personal voice. She is sincerely devoted to creating work that upholds the integrity of her diverse knowledge while articulating her own bold convictions and inspiring others to do the same.

    www.anjalchande.com

  • Savitha Chelladurai, Teaching Artist & Manager of Student Programs

    Savitha Chelladurai studied bharatanatyam dance intensively as a teenager in Malaysia at the Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, and completed her arangetram in 2001. She has also studied ballet for 13 years and other dance forms such as odissi, kuchipudi, kandian, and tap. She served as a leader of University of Michigan’s Maya Dance Team from 2002 to 2006 and performed with Natya Dance Theatre in Chicago from 2007 to 2008. She has been involved with Soham Dance Space as a teacher, student, performer, and associate board member since 2012. Savitha holds an engineering degree from University of Michigan and an MBA in Environmental Management and Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She currently works as an Energy Analyst for Walgreens while offering dedicated support to Soham’s student programming.

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