The People behind Sapphire...
SUDARSHAN CHAKRAVORTYArtistic Director and Choreographer
Trained in Bharat Natyam Guru Bandana Dasgupta, Kathakali Guru Govindan Kutty and Thang ta, modern dance and jazz by France-based Nana Gleason, he has trained in mind-body centering and contemporary dance from various International teachers including Christopher Lechner of Germany. Pioneer of a dynamic experimental form resulting from individual and ensemble mind-body improvisations, his innovative form raises sensitive contemporary issues. Sudarshan has led the troupe as directorchoreographer to performances in India and abroad in more than 15 countries across 5 continents all over the world namely, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, United States, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, Israel and India.
Director of Interface, a writer, workshop leader and collaborator he works as choreographer in the fields of fashion, film and television. He has been awarded by Oniel De Fellowship by Kalabharati, Canada in 2005 and Shyamal Sen Smriti Purashkar by Swapnasandhani in Kolkata in 2008. Sudarshan nurtures Sapphire as an academy of young ideas, growth and experimentation giving birth to performers, productions and art events creating a whole new renaissance for the arts in India.
PARAMITA SAHACo - Director
Paramita Saha is a 1st class postgraduate in English literature. Trained in contemporary dance by Sudarshan Chakravorty at Sapphire, also trained in modern dance and jazz from France-based Nana Gleason, dance and Movement Therapy under Janet Kaylo and Laurence Higgens from Laban Center, London, she has worked closely on improvisation work residencies with text-body work with Michel Casanovas (Switzerland), Christopher Lechner (Germany).
Performing as the lead female dancer from 1999 and leading the company as co-director since 2002 her role in the group includes handling conceptualization, improvisation training and mind body conditioning for school and repertory dancers, documentation, management, copy writing, costume design, and public relations. With her expertise in event concept and marketing, branding, lifestyle management, marketing strategy and brand communication she also runs India’s only arts management company Arts Forward promoting novel arts ideas and concepts. Paramita has received the Bharat Nirman Award for Dance in 2007.