Nirmala Seshadri is a multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, movement educator, researcher and writer.

A recipient of various awards including the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (Singapore), Singar Mani (Mumbai) and Balasaraswati Endowment Award (Chennai), Nirmala has served on the Board of the National Arts Council, Arts Resource Panel, and Arts and Culture Strategic Review Committee in Singapore. She has also served as Chairperson for Singapore Dance Week 2010 & 2011 organised by the World Dance Alliance Singapore.  In 2014, Nirmala conceived and curated the International Conference on Bharatanatyam in Singapore. She is the founder & artistic director of N Dance & Yoga. 

 Nirmala graduated with a Masters degree in Dance Anthropology (with distinction) from the University of Roehampton, London. 

After 20 years of training and practice in Yoga, she also began devising a wellness and creativity-focused mind-body technique - ANTARIKA which she now imparts in the sphere of education.She presents workshops regularly at schools in Singapore and at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where she conducts a range of modules on Bharatanatyam, Contemporary Asian choreography and Asian Mind-Body Practice.

Having received her early training in Bharatanatyam in Singapore, she went on to spend over two decades learning, teaching, creating and performing in India. She began her training in Bharatanatyam under Santha Bhaskar in Singapore. She later received training in India from Guru Mahalingam Pillai, Jayanthi Subramaniam, Padma Bhushan C.V. Chandrasekhar, Indira Kadambi and in abhinaya from Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has also studied dance theory under the guidance of scholar and musicologist TS Parthasarathy and learnt Nattuvangam (vocal percussion) from Karaikudi Krishnamurthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nirmala has gradually moved into a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary choreographic approach. Her quest for autonomy, self-awareness and sensorial perception in dance led her to the Japanese dance theatre form, Butoh. She received training in this evolving form both in London and Singapore. Her research work employed an ethnographic approach to explore the practice of Butoh in the UK. Her present practice and research focus is to discover the intersecting space of Bharatanatyam and Butoh.

She consistently problematizes boundaries of time, place, gender, and caste, among other social constructs. Her social justice perspective leads her to interrogate existing inequalities and use the body and the performance space as a way of addressing them.

 Nirmala’s artistic works include Outcaste Eternal (1999), Crossroads (2003), Moments in Time (2002), Then and Now (2003), Radha Now (2006), This & That (2009), From Ishta Devata to Ishta Devata (2009), I watched the flowers (2012), I Carry Your Heart (2015) and The Vanishing Point ? (2015).