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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.

"It’s important for people, whichever line they choose to keep going in that line instead of sitting at home doing nothing.  For me, the love of dance.   For somebody else, maybe they love of reading or needlework - anything at all - that they want to do in life, they can instead of sitting without doing anything because that would be kind of boring."

Asha's philosophy:

See a link of Asha teaching: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtpNvi-vw9I

 

To learn more information about Dances of India, visit:

www.dancesofindiastlouis.org

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