Smt. Anjali Tata-Hudson
Anjali Tata is an artist and educator in the tradition and evolution of Bharata Natyam and explorations of Contemporary Indian dance. From 2005-2013, she was a co-founding member of Post Natyam Dance Collective (www.postnatyam.net), a transnational network of independent choreographers/scholars, who are actively working on finding new ways of engaging with South Asian aesthetics. Tata holds an M.F.A. in Dance from UCLA’s Dept. of World Arts & Cultures and is also an arts educator in the fields of Dance, Yoga and Mind/Body fundamentals. Her training includes over twenty two years of Bharata Natyam experience under the tutelage of her mentor Viji Prakash and over ten years training in Yoga and Modern dance. She performed her Arangetram /solo dance debut in 1990 and after touring as principal dancer with Prakash’s Shakti Dance Company across the U.S., Canada, and India from 1992-96, she began choreographing in both traditional and contemporary genres. Her works have been presented at many venues throughout California including Artwallah, a forum for emerging South Asian artists in 2001, 2003, and 2004, the World Festival of Sacred Music, Highways Performance Space, Long Beach Women’s Festival, Japan America Theatre, Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Monterey Poetry/Dance Series, and the Hollywood Bowl. Anjali has also worked with several prominent artists as a performer and collaborator including Lynn Dally, Parijat Desai, Paula Present, Nitin Sawhney, Patrick Suzeau, and David Rousseve. Tata relocated from California to Kansas City in 2004 and teaches dance and yoga in the Kansas City area both independently and at the college level. In 2009 she toured nationally at prestigious venues including Jacob’s Pillow, as a principal dancer with David Rousseve’s REALITY dance company and in June 2011 she performed at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Los Angeles with Post Natyam Collective, “Sunoh! Tell Me Sister”. In September 2013 she presented most recent work in collaboration with other Kansas City based artists as part of a grant from the Jewish Community Center.