Dr Swati Raut is the Artistic Director of Swati Dance Company (SDC). Her highly successful dance career began in the UK in 1987. Since then, Swati has not only established herself as a leading classical dance artist but has concurrently focused attention in training and developing the next generation as a teacher and workshop leader across education and in community contexts.
Swati received her dance training in Bharatanatyam (Pandanallur Style) at ‘Nrityashree’, Mumbai, under the tutelage of Guru Krishnan Kutty. Her Guru is not only a well known Kathakali dancer but also a much admired Bharatanatyam teacher who trained under the late Lakshmi Kantham of Tanjore of the Pichhaiya Pillai school. Swati has also learnt Mohiniattam (another form of Indian classical dance) from Smt. Ammu Kutty. She has performed extensively in India in the eighties, both as a solo artist and in Dance Drama productions by Nrityashree.
Besides running her own dance company and youth group, Swati presently she sits in the board of DIGM (Dance Initiative Greater Manchester) and is a Faculty Committee Members of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teacher’s in Training) for South Asian Dance. Swati is one of the few Bharatanatyam teachers in the country who has been awarded ‘Diploma in Dance Instruction’ and ‘Diploma in Dance Education’ by the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).
South Indian Classical Dance, Folk Dance
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