Dancer, Dance Instructor, Choreographer
Having made her Indian classical dance-debut (Arangetram) in 2006, Sumitra has been performing internationally as a solo dancer and with the Kalasri dance ensemble on various stages in theatres, museums, festivals and cultural events. To name a few: Museum of ethnology Cologne, Stadtcasino Basel, Global Ethics Forum Genf, KKL Luzern, Museum Rietberg Zürich, Alliance Francaise Bangalore, Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Chennai etc.
At the age of five she started learning the classical Indian temple dance Bharatanatyam from her father D. Keshava with great passion and intensity. Blessed with growing up in an artist family Sumitra has followed her calling with disciplined training and devotion for the art.
After completing successfully her bachelor in law in Basel in 2012, she continued her dance training in Chennai India. She attended courses with famous dancers and musicians (Shanmugham Sundar, Bragha Bessel, Girish etc.). And performed in Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore. Back in Switzerland she organized the dance and music production Moving Sculptures with a tour in Switzerland.
The dancer received excellent reviews for her expressive acting talent and her sinuous dancing skills in India and Switzerland. Besides her passion for Indian classical arts she also has a repertoire of folk dances of different Indian regions and semi-classical bollywood dances.
Sumitra Keshava is teaching at the dance school Kalasri and conducts classes and workshops at the University of Basel, mus-e, dancers for the world and Fastenopfer. She collaborates with Indian classical dancers and musicians, as well as with contemporary and ballet dancers.
The Swiss-Indian dancer is regularly invited to India to present the famous and these days rarely seen Mysore Style of Bharatanatyam.
Currently, Sumitra lives and works between Switzerland and India, combining her classical dance with music, Yoga and contemporary dance.