Asha grew up in Banglalore, India, where she studied & performed Bharata Natyam dance. Shortly after moving to St. Louis in the 1970s, she & her husband, the late Dr. B.S. Premachandra, began Dances of India, to bring their love of Indian dance & culture to the area. Initially, it was a challenge for people to understand that Indian dancing was not Native American dance, but they pursued. For more than 45 years, Asha has been the Artistic Director/Choreographer as well as a teacher & performer throughout out the St. Louis region & beyond. She continues to teach 3 days per week & has been honored with the 2018 St. Louis Visionary Arts Award for Outstanding Teaching Artist & a 2020 Regional Arts Fellowship.