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Sitara Thobani - Odissi Dancer

Sitara Thobani first began dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Lata Pada in the Bharatnatyam tradition. She began her studies in the Odissi tradition under the esteemed Dr. Ratna Roy in 1997. Since then, Sitara has undertaken intensive training in India at the Nrityagram dance school as well as in the heart of the Odissi style in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

She is also a dedicated academic, recieving her BA in Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and her MA in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. She recently studied for her DPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, nationalism, race and gender, specifically as they relate to and inform contemporary performances of Indian classical dance. She has also received several arts fellowships for training and dance production as an emerging dance professional.

Sitara is a stunning woman! I’ve had the opportunity to meet her once at a dance conference in London and have also seen her perform live in an Odissi group. She has a strong, expressive character that feeds into the beauty of her dance. 

- S


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