Parul Gupta will be performing a solo based mainly on Jhaptaal (sycle of 10 beats) and a duet with Reshmi Chetram choreographed by Sandhya Desai on Sunday, September 23rd.
This dance composition is titled “Reflections” and is based on moving images resembling those of a kaleidoscope. Traditional and innovative Kathak movements have been used to interpret the rhythm and melody. Reflections shows the different sides of Kathak dance and music and all its intricate beauty. Music composition by Atul Desai.
Parul has been studying Kathak under Sandhya Desai, Sudeshna Maulik and Kumudini Lakhia over the last 4 years. Parul is the founder, principal teacher and artistic director of Infusion Dance Studios in Montreal and Toronto. Her works are part of 3 Cirque du Soleil productions: “Love”, “Kooza” & “Totem”. Parul is committed to continually advancing her dance technique by studying with reputable teachers in both Canada and India. This has been possible by the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant, the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Professional Development Grant, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Arts Fellowship. She has given performances and workshops across Canada, in the U.S.A and in India.
Parul is a Juror for the Dora Mavor Moore Dance Awards (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts) 2012-2013 season. As well, Parul sits on the Board of the Dance For Life Foundation – a non-profit organization that uses dance as a medium to raise funds to donate to those that need it most. Her scholastic degrees include a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) and a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology from Concordia University. Parul is a certified Yoga Instructor in the Sivananda Yoga tradition.
Other than dance, Parul loves to travel, cook and read – basically anything that inspires her creative side. She believes that dance should have instinctive expression and solid technique. Going forward, Parul hopes to share her passion and continue to grow to new heights in her art form.