Anjal Chande is a second-generation Indian-American practitioner of bharatanatyam and the Founder/Director of Soham Dance Space in Chicago, which she leads with an expansive vision of the possibilities for Indian dance.
She actively produces her own shows, writes her own poetry, and composes original music in tandem with her dance making. Time Out Chicago described her work as “arrestingly poetic” and “breaking out of the box of ethnic dance.” Anjal has performed at venues and festivals around the world, including CrossLines Culture Lab at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, West Wave Festival in San Francisco, Drive East in New York City, World Music Festival in Chicago, Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, Nrtya Sura Bharati Festival at Chinmaya Vibhooti, Pune, National Center for Performing Arts & National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, and Brahma Gana Sabha & German Hall in Chennai.
She is a disciple of Smt. Hema Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago, and has also studied under renowned gurus of India: Smt. Indira Kadambi, Bhagwatula Sri Seetharam Sharma of Kalakshetra, Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam, and Smt. Bragha Bessell. She currently studies abhinaya with Smt. Indira Kadambi. She is a tabla player and percussionist and studied extensively under Raju Deshmukh and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music. She is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, having completed Moksha Yoga Chicago’s teacher training program, and holds a degree in Food Politics and Sociology from New York University.
Anjal’s expertise in bharatanatyam is a result of many years of intensive study, an unwavering dedication to the dance form, and a unique talent to understand, execute, and shed light on the nuances of this complex art. Her commitment to training has resulted in the highest proficiency in performance technique and in-depth knowledge of all main aspects of bharatanatyam and related arts and philosophy.
To learn more about Anjal visit: www.anjalchande.com.
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.
Kylie Bellard is an enthusiastic appreciator of dance and longtime fan of Soham Dance Space. She supports Soham with grant writing, communications strategy, public relations, and web management. She holds a degree in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.