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Neena Gulati, Founder/Director

Neena Gulati was born in New Delhi, India, and began dancing when she was only four years old. She performed her arangetram at the Fine Arts Theater, New Delhi in 1961. Critics applauded her debut with comments such as the following from Youth of India: "Neena has an inimitable style. The flawless sense of rhythm and deep devotion with which she dances with abandon places her as one of the leading young Bharatanatyam dancers in the capital. She is intensity and enchantment...there is not one in Delhi's crop of young performers to match Kumari Neena's accurate style and creativeness."

A master of the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam, Neena Gulati has received high critical acclaim for her professsional performances throughout India and the United States. In 1964, Neena was invited to to perform at the United Nations General Assembly. Since moving to the US in 1967, she has performed at countless functions and universities across the continent and in England. Neena has taught at Brown University and has been a guest artist at several universities in New England. She gives lecture-demonstrations, explaining and demonstrating her art form to varied audiences. She also collaborates with artists of different disciplines, including actors, musicians, dancers, and poets. She has been involved in numerous benefit performances and has choreographed dance dramas. An energetic and loving teacher, Neena is an excellent example of the guru-shishya tradition of teaching that has preserved the purity of Indian classical dance since the time of the Vedas. The Boston Globe described her as a "pioneer in bringing classical Indian dance in all its nuance to new England."
The Boston Dance Alliance, an independent organization that supports dance across the Boston metropolitan area, named Neena Gulati its 2016 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion. This award, created in 2004, recognizes those who have made important and lasting contributions to the dance landscape in Boston. An anonymous nomination recommending her for this honor noted that “at Triveni, Neena Gulati takes traditional pieces and re-choreographs them with a contemporary aesthetic, producing a fusion that entrances both Indians and Americans and allows them to explore wisdom held in the ancient scriptures.”

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