I started learning dance at the age of 4, which continued during whole my school studies. My performance included the Bharathanatyam, folk dance, and cinematic dance in several competition levels on several stages and at ‘Doordarsan Kendra’ (Indian National Television). I continued my passion of dancing through my college days though chose the professional subject of Biotechnology for graduation. My interest turned into choreographing at this period of time. When I moved to New Zealand I chose a safer career option and started working as Microbiologist and Quality controller. However, with my desire to pursue the art of dance, I went on to study “Kuchipudi” back in India. With a lot of support from my beloved family and friends, I've decided to start this new venture to share my knowledge and keep exploring this amazing world of art.
My passion for dance started when I was in Kindergarten and continued throughout my school and university career. I did my dance training in Malaysia under an accomplished Guru who was from Kalakshetra, Chennai. I belonged to his dance troupe and have performed at different cultural festivals and several stages throughout Malaysia, including the Malaysian National Television. Our recitals included Bharathanatyam, traditional and folk dances as well as various dance dramas, such as Krishna Leela, Ramayan and others.
I went to India to pursue my tertiary education. Here I had the opportunity to explore and learn other classical Indian dance styles Kuchipidi and Kathak. I also had the exposure to technical and theatrical aspects of these through workshops with eminent Gurus.
I moved to New Zealand in 1995. I am with the Ministry of Education. I am a Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour and service a cluster of schools in Napier. I have been involved in organising and performing for cultural activities in various places in NZ. I have also choreographed simple Indian cinematic and folk dances for NZ students to perform for Music festivals and School concerts.
I am proud to be involved with HBICC to promote and share my knowledge and expertise of Indian culture with young, promising artists.
Rajan Kapur brings spectacular talent to our team. He is the nephew of the renowned playback singer Padma Shri Mahendra Kapoor. Rajan was a student of the renowned Indian classical music teacher, Dr.Sushila Pohankar . He has associated himself as an actor with Indian People’s Theater Association in Mumbai, acted in Bollywood films and TV shows (Shortland Street) for New Zealand Television.