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Shalaka Kulkarni

Shalaka Kulkarni is an interdisciplinary dance artist. Her work revolves around the ideas of female identity, questioning societal norms, celebrating gender fluidity, empowering marginal voices and narrating lost stories of female contribution within Indian culture.  Her movement journey started as a child in India with her time divided between learning dance and martial art. She is trained in Bharatnatyam (originating from Southern India) and Kathak (originating from Northern India). As her family immigrated to US, she began exploring intersections of Indian Classical dance forms with other movement influences, text & technology. She teaches, performs and wanders around Chicago and other parts of the world.

Photo credit: Sharvari Kulkarni