My reading at Southwest Illinois College in 2015. The acclaimed poet and teacher Treasure Shields Redmond is to my left.

My reading at Southwest Illinois College in 2015. The acclaimed poet and teacher Treasure Shields Redmond is to my left.

 

At Dances of India's 35th Annual Performance, November 2012

My name is Nartana Premachandra and I'm a writer, classical Indian dancer, and public speaker in St. Louis, Missouri. I'm currently President of Dances of India, celebrating its 41st season in 2018.

I've been writing for years---novels, poetry, and non-fiction.  I also write and narrate dance-dramas for Dances of India. Our most recent production was entitled Devi of the Ashes--Cinderella in India.  In 2016 we presented The Music of Water--Tales of Adventure, Love, & Magic Along India's Sacred Rivers.

To get an idea of our productions, please visit:  www.DancesOfIndiaStLouis.org

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. My mom, Asha Premachandra, is Artistic Director of Dances of India, and my dad, the late Dr. B.N. Premachandra--medical researcher in the field of endocrinology and founder of Dances of India--are originally from Bangalore, India. I graduated with a B.A. in French from Washington University in St. Louis and then studied International Relations/Finance at the London School of Economics and at Webster University's campus in London.  I've lived in Paris and London for several years, and worked in Yokohama, Japan, for one year. And I spent several storybook summers in what used to be the quiet, idyllic, suburb of Jayanagar, in Bangalore, throughout grade school and high school.

In January of this year I gave a talk at the Missouri History Museum on Gandhi's influence on Dr. Martin Luther King.  And in 2017 I gave Gallery Talks in the Saint Louis Art Museum:

Jan 2017:  In the South Asian Gallery--The Great Dance of the Universe:  Myth, Movement and Meaning in Indian Art.

Aug & Sep 2017:  In the Islamic Gallery--An Iridescent Exchange:  Fashion & the Fantastic Along the Silk Road

In 2016, in addition to performing around town, I performed and gave storytelling sessions in the Indian art galleries in the Saint Louis Art Museum. In 2015, I gave readings of my work at Southwest Illinois College--East St. Louis and Washington University (at a memorial for Professor of Classics Emeritus Kevin Herbert). I also gave a workshop entitled A Mosaic of Many Hearts--on Indian literature, myth, and dance--at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

In addition I have given many dance demonstration/workshops around St. Louis in many different corporations and universities/cultural institutions.

Please visit www.dancesofindiastlouis.org for more information on Dances of India!