SHRUTI MARIA DATAR
Shruti Maria Datar is a Mumbai based Indian performer, teacher and choreographer. She has completed her Professional Training in Contemporary Dance from Danscentrumjette, Belgium and holds a Diploma in Movement Arts from Centre for Movement Arts,Bangalore.
She completed her formal education in BMM (Bachelors of Mass Media) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2011.
Trained for 10 years as a Bharatanatyam dancer in her early years she has always had a passion for working with children and young adults.
She is the recipient of the prestigious KCC Arts Fellowship for the year 2023-24. Her choreographic work-in-progress ‘Phi’ was showcased at The Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance awards 2016. She was featured in the Dance films series Moving Cities Brussels.
She has performed at some of the predominant arts festivals and venues such NMACC, Serendipity Arts Festival (India), Prayatna Dance and film festival (India), Europalia (Belgium) to name a few.
She is the conceptualiser for Viewpoint- a platform for emerging choreographers. She is also the festival coordinator for Sanskar International Dance festival: India’s first International Training and Virtual Performance platform.
A big part of her work is to engage with local communities, facilitate arts projects and connect to people across all ages via the movement arts.
As an artist she approaches creating work using the body as a starting point with a series of investigations into embodied ideas. She views work as a collaborative process between all the participants which may include
dancers, audiences, conversations and cues from the space.