Artistic Director

Mayuri Upadhya

Founder, Artistic Director, Principal Choreographer

Photo Credit: Rony Dutta

Winner of the “International Competition of choreography for Asian Dance Productions”, South Korea (2012), judge on the famous Kannada reality dance show “Dancing Star 2” and with a Clientele of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Queen of England to the Birlas and Ambanis, Mayuri Upadhya is one of the most sought after choreographers from India. Her work reflects the India that is now – be it in the source of inspiration, the music or the movement vocabulary itself. What makes her choreography one of its kinds is an ability to capture India’s grandeur and spirit, taking its rich cultural heritage and reflecting it in her movement vocabulary.

Her style of designing dances is endearing even to the common man with tastefully embellished costumes and rhythmic artistry. Inspired by Indian mythology and her roots, she has successfully reached out to the world, broken barriers and built a universal language of expression through dance. Mayuri’s ability to adapt and dwell her dance and choreography into different spaces viz cinema, temples, formal presentations, etc sets her apart from her contemporaries.

Mayuri’s descriptive, spatially demanding, thought provoking and uniquely heart-warming choreography has always won over varied audiences because of the ease with which she translates movement magic from the mind’s eye to the muscle and grace. Her signature productions Make in India, Madhur Milan, Katha Parva, Madhushala, Mangalyam, Nav Durga, the ‘Prayog’ experimental series and works like Kaali (commissioned for the Royal family of Mysore Wadiyars) have received much critical and popular acclaim.

Her entrepreneurial approach is guiding Nritarutya in collaborations, dance education, workshops and training, employment and various other avenues, making it a successful enterprise. She is very focused and passionate about expanding boundaries in the field of Indian Contemporary Dance.

Mayuri: The journey so far …

  • Trained in Bharatnatyam under Guru Smt. Indira Kadambi and Smt.Minal Prabhu
  • Power Yoga under Sandeep (1000 Yoga)
  • Kathak under Guru Kum. Jayanthi Eswarputhi
  • Chaau from Tripura Kashyap
  • Odissi from Sri Uday Shetty
  • Kalaripayattu from Guru Ranjan Mullaratt
  • Modern dance techniques under Nakula Somana
  • B.A. Graduate
  • Artist Management Workshop with the Arts Council, UK

Awards

  • “Manav Ratna” award for contribution in the field of Arts and Culture (2013)
  • International Competition for choreography concept, South Korea (2012)
  • RAPA Best Choreographer Award for Television Commercials, Chennai (2005)
  • Young Women’s Achievement Award (2004)

Projects of Note

  • Currently judging the TV reality show “Dancing Stars 2” on ETV Kannada (2015)
  • Commissioned to conceptualize and choreograph for the “Make In India” event held at Hanover, Germany for the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi (2015)
  • Choreographed for an upcoming Bollywood directed by Rakeysh Omparakash Mehra (2015)
  • Conceptualized and choreographed a production “Katha Parva” as a part of Lakshadeepotsava, Dharmasthala (2014)
  • Commissioned to conceptualize and choreograph a musical “Madhur Milan” on Smt. Kokilaben Ambani’s 80th birthday celebrations at her residence “Sea Wind” (2014)
  • Collaborated with The Raghu Dixit Project and Harun Robert for the final episode of The Dewarists Season 3 (2014)
  • Designed and choreographed for The Raghu Dixit Project and Nritarutya Collaborative performance (2013)
  • Commissioned to choreograph and present a large scale work on Mr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poem ‘Madhushala’ by Legendary Actor, Mr.Amitabh Bachchan at B70 celebrations (2012)
  • Her company, Nritarutya in collaboration with Raghu Dixit were the only representation from Republic of India for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Royal Windsor Show (2012)
  • Invited to perform by Ambani’s at ‘India Fantastique’ book launch held at their residence, celebrating 25yrs of Designer duo Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla (2012)
  • Commissioned by Vedanta Group to create a musical based on Kalidasa’s ‘Shakuntala’ starring Rani Mukherjee
  • Choreographed for Yogaraj Bhat’s feature film- PANCHARANGI [Udisuve] (2010)
  • Choreographed for M.S Sathyu’s cinema on Basavi (a category of Devadasi ) -IJJODDU (2009)
  • Conducted a choreography design workshop on Indian modern dance for participants of Power Of Dance, a musical (Leicester, UK) (2008)
  • Commissioned to choreograph a 75-member dance ensemble for the ‘Birmingham International Dance Festival’ as the primary Indian representative (Apr 2008)
  • Concept and choreography for launch of Suvarna channel’s mega reality show “Kannadada Kotyadipathi” (2012)
  • Dance direction for TV commercial “Manjal” with Rajiv Menon production house (2008)
  • Commissioned by Royal family of Mysore Wadiyars to create an exclusive dance work on “Kaali” (2006)
  • Performance at the Nehru Centre, London, following the Birmingham workshop (Aug 2006)
  • One of six handpicked choreographers/dancers from India to be part of the ‘Dance Intense’ workshop at Birmingham, UK. (Aug 2006)
  • Commissioned on a regular basis to choreograph dance works for International Fashion Couture Designer- Hemant Trivedi
  • One of six handpicked choreographers/dancers from India to be part of the ‘Dance Intense’ workshop at Birmingham, UK. (Aug 2006)
  • 3-day Movement Workshop for Miss India Beauty Pageant participants (2003, 2004)