News Input by Kamal Prabhakar UK Head Hello Mumbai News :
Anashmita Saha is a professional classical dancer from Kolkata, India. She has specialized in the Jaipur Gharana style of Kathak. She learned Kathak – Jaipur style from renowned Guru Susmita Misra from Jaipur Gharana and later joined Kathak Kendra in New Delhi to learn more about the dance form from Guru Urmila Nagar. She holds a 6yr diploma in Kathak dance. She has also learned Tagore dance from Sri Nirmalendu Das and holds a 6yr diploma in Rabindra Nritya. She also holds a 4yr diploma in Rabindra Sangeet.
She is a science graduate from Calcutta University, India. She has a full-time job in a primary school, but dance is her passion.
Her passion for dance always stood out, creating an opportunity for her to perform in the district and state-level competitions. It has been well more than three decades, and she has performed and choreographed numerous shows in India, UK, and Germany. Anashmita’ s elegant and graceful movements, striking facial expressions, and bold and powerful stage presence leaves her audiences spellbound.
In her long professional career, Anashmita as a dancer has been the recipient of several awards and trophies. She has received recognition from the Department of Culture, Government of India in the form of a National Scholarship for excellence in Kathak Dance. She has won many Dance & Music competitions in India. She received WAW – Women Appreciating Women Hall of Fame Award 2020 on International women’s day on the 8th of March.
She has performed at prestigious platforms like the House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, High Commission of India, Metropolitan Police, Nehru Center, Ashmolean Museum, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Indian Gymkhana, Mayor of London’s – Diwali, and UK TV channels. Performances to support charities to raise money towards natural disasters.
Anashmita is promoting Indian culture through workshops and dance clubs at many places in the UK. She aims to motivate others to share her passion for Indian dancing and take it to the next level.
Anashmita teaches traditional Kathak with grading exam facilities and Bollywood dance at ANASHMITA DANCE STUDIO (ADS) based in High Wycombe, UK.
Courses offered – Kathak, Bollywood, Semi-classical, Folk, and Contemporary dance. 1-2-1 and Group classes. Grading exam facility and opportunity to perform live at prestigious events. F2F and online classes.
ADS website – anashmitadancestudio.com
300+ videos on youtube channel –search “Anashmita Saha”
How Covid impacted
The regular weekly classes had to be stopped as it was not possible to have F2F interactions due to lockdown restrictions, however, this did not put off Anashmita, she continued working with students creating an opportunity for them to take part in numerous dance school projects, which was possible using online technology.
The good part of Covid is that it changed human behavior and forced us to embrace a new way of living, using new technology become a necessity and Anashmita got proficient with Zoom & Streamyard to adapt to the new ways of working.
Anashmita started #DancewithAnashmita initiative and posted step by step Kathak and Bollywood learning videos.
For regular students, she continued free Kathak and Bollywood weekly classes to maintain continuity and keep them engaged and motivated.
Almost every week since Covid began she has taken part in a live dance programme and when lockdown restrictions eased from time to time, she encouraged students to get involved join as well.
Several Team building activities were organised by ADS dance school using Zoom and Streamyard on multiple occasions i.e. India Independence Day, Diwali, Durga Puja & Dusserah, Christmas, and New year 2021 to entertain students, friends & families. The recent ones were “Dhoom Dhamaka – Christmas” and “A New year New hope 2021”.
Created a group dance video to Healing our earth’s signature song “Heal the earth” collaborating with the Healing our earth team, which was a hit.
Created a group dance video “Mile sur mera tumhara” promoting Indian’s national integration and unity in diversity, this received wide appreciation Created a group dance video to a beautiful poem about Covid-19 “Guzar Jayega’ this is a humble initiative by all the artists and personalities standing together for the people, assuring them, ‘This Too Shall Pass’.