Personal profile

Research interests

Keywords: dance; historiography; anti-racism; feminism; activism; South Asia


I joined Royal Holloway’s Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance in September 2015. Prior to my doctoral studies and academic career in the United Kingdom, I studied English Literature (BA and MA) and Cultural Studies in India. My academic background is interdisciplinary and my teaching and research thrives on the intersections of dance studies, performance studies, history, cultural studies and critical theories on race, gender and sexuality. 

My monograph Indian Modern Dance, Feminism and Transnationalism was published in the Palgrave Macmillan New World Choreographies Series in 2014. It subsequently won two of the most prestigious awards in the field: the 2015 de la Torre Bueno Prize, and the 2015 Outstanding Publication Award from the Dance Studies Association (USA). Articles and papers have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Economic and Political WeeklyContemporary Theatre Review, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Research InternationalPerformance Research, Asian Theatre Journal, South Asian DiasporaSouth Asia ResearchStudies in South Asian Film and Media and CLIO:Women, Gender, History. Essays have also appeared in scholarly volumes by Bloomsbury (Companion to Dance Studies, 2019) and Routledge (Dance Matters Too, 2018; Re-Thinking Dance History, 2017). I am currently working on my second monograph, funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme grant. I am also co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Indian Dance (with Anurima Banerji) forthcoming with Oxford University Press-New York. 

Elected service to the field includes Executive Committee member of IFTR (2015-2019), the Board of Directors of Dance Studies Association (2018-2022) and Co-Convening the Choreography and Corporeality Working Group at IFTR (2017-2022).

I have supervised PhD projects on AR/VR choreography and EU migration; music education in South Asia; Malay dances/identities in Singapore;  theatre in colonial/postcolonial Sri Lanka; and choral/ritual dances in Greek theatre. 

I am interested in supervising projects focused on performance practices from South Asia; British Asian theatre/dance theatre; performance-focused visual art practices (e.g. exhibitions, reenactments); decoloniality and social justice; embodied histories/historiography; and identity politics (e.g. related to questions of race, gender, sexuality and ability).   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Dance, PhD, Bodies Beyond Borders: Modern Dance in Colonial and Postcolonial India, University of Roehampton

Sept 2003Jun 2008

Award Date: 9 Jun 2008

External positions

Member Board of Directors, Dance Studies Association

2018 → …

Co-Convenor, Choreography and Corporeality Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research

2017 → …

Executive Committee Member, International Federation for Theatre Research

Jul 2015Jul 2020

Executive Committee Member, Society for Dance Research

Jan 2012Dec 2015

Editorial Board Member, Research in Dance Education - Dancelines

Jan 2009Jan 2013

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