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Biography

Currently pursuing a PhD Studentship at C-DaRE, Hiten is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bharata Natyam Leicester. Hiten is considered one of the UK’s leading South Asian Dancers of this current generation. Hiten holds a Master’s in Performance Practices from De Montfort University in Leicester which focused on his contemporary dance practice rooted in classical Bharata Natyam roots. 

An enthusiastic Dance Teacher and Movement Facilitator in and around Leicester in Education, Wellbeing/Health and Community Dance settings with vast experience of instructing students in strong core movement technique and form, body conditioning and history of the dance.

Hiten is a Vibrant and Creative Choreographer who is always inquisitive to push the boundaries of the Bharata Natyam Dance form, maintaining its authenticity whilst exploring and exhibiting its versatility. 

Hiten has studied dance from leading exponents and masters in the field of Bharata Natyam Dance. Having the good fortune to be able to have had the experience of imbibing the best from each teacher that has moulded him into an wholesome dance artist he is today.

SMITA VADNERKAR - 1999 to 2008 - Nupur Arts Dance Academy, Leicester

PUSHKALA GOPAL MBE - 2008 to 2013 - Sanskriti UK, London

THE DHANANJAYANS - 2008 to 2015 - Bharata Kalanjali, Chennai India

PhD Project

Project Title - 

‘Reshaping the routines of our past into dances of the new normal’ – 

The UK South Asian Dance Sector’s recovery and re-socialisation of Community Dance in a post-pandemic era. 

Research Interests

South Asian Dance, Indian Dance, Bharata Natyam, Community Dance, LGBTQ Narratives, LGBTQ Indian Dancers, Cultural Imperialism, Intersectionality, Ethnography, Case Studies.

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