karma dance is a classical and contemporary Indian dance company with a track-record of sell-out performances and festival appearances internationally, as well as a teaching academy with a popular educational program for Australian schools.

AUSTRALIA

Govind Pillai Artistic Director Karma Dance Australia

Govind Pillai
Artistic Director
Karma Dance Australia

Govind Pillai is one of a few Australian male practitioners of Bharatanatyam. With a track-record of sell-out productions and festival appearances internationally, he has appeared at prestigious venues and events including the Sydney Opera House, Princess Theatre (Melbourne), Bangarra Theatre (Sydney), Woodford Festival (Queensland), Melaka Arts & Performance Festival (Malaysia) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) and toured shows including to Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Hobart and Byron Bay. Govind is a performer and dance maker with an active practice in performance, choreography, direction and teaching whilst also actively contributing to the Australian arts scene through his past and present roles which include: Director of Karma Dance Inc., Board Member of the National Theatre (St Kilda); Lead Male Dancer of Samskriti Dance (Sydney); Vice President of Flare Dance Co. (Melbourne), and Dance Advisor to the Federation of Indian Music and Dance Inc. (Victoria).

 

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Raina Peterson Artistic Director Karma Dance Australia

Raina Peterson
Artistic Director
Karma Dance Australia

Raina Peterson is one of a few professional-level Australian practitioners of the classical Indian dance style of Mohiniyattam. She has performed extensively at festivals and events internationally, including at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Victorian Arts Centre, Princess Theatre, Encounters Festival (Brisbane), Melaka Art & Performance Festival (Malaysia) and Woodford Festival (QLD).

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Adrian van Raay Production Manager and Technical Lead

Adrian van Raay
Production Manager and Technical Lead

Adrian van Raay is a qualified sound engineer and graduate of the SAE (Sound and Audio Engineering) Institute in Melbourne. He is an experienced production manager and has overseen aspects as broad as technical specification and management, stage management, front-of-house and the administration of production finances and budgets.

NEW ZEALAND

Sandhya Pillai Artistic Director Karma Dance New Zealand

Sandhya Pillai
Artistic Director
Karma Dance New Zealand

Sandhya Pillai is a passionate performer and practioner in the ancient classical Indian styles of Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam and has choreographed and performed several solo and group works in all three dance forms internationally. She has both stage and television performances to her credit. Her passion for dance started at the tender age of five when she learnt her first dance steps from her mother.