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Urja Desai Thakore

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Urja Desai Thakore was born in Ahmedabad, India and studied for over 20 years with India’s internationally acclaimed Kathak guru and choreographer Kumudini Lakhia, from whom she has gained an extensive traditional vocabulary with which to explore the narratives of modern society. Urja then received her bachelors’ degree in Kathak dance from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya.

Urja is a graceful and emotive dancer who is renowned for her love of Abhinay (Facial Expression), clear but subtle movements and technical strength. Her energetic choreographic style is highly regarded by both traditionalists and modernists alike. .

Urja has been teaching extensively for 8 years and has travelled all over the country leading workshops in Kathak to people young and old.She is pursuing a Masters degree in South Asian Dance and Choreography at Roehampton University.

Urja is the Artistic Director of Pagrav Dance Company, which she established in 1997. It was originally based in India and specialized in promoting Indian Folk Dances and Classical art-forms all over the country.

Now located in the UK, the company promotes traditional Kathak Dance in its purest form, whilst giving it a modern context and presentation