Kaustavi Sarkar

PhD Student, Department of Dance
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Kaustavi is a dancer-choreographer-educator, scholar, performing and teaching well over the past decade. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of India-based organization dedicated to Indian classical dance, Kaustavi Movement Center, and also teaches at Kenyon College and The Ohio State Universtiy. Her teaching, choreography, and writing build conversations across academe, performance, and business. She has performed in numerous dance festivals and conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She has an interdisciplinary research interest involving Practice-as-Research, Arts Entrepreneurship, Digital Humanities embedded in critical cultural theory. As the founder of two student organizations at The Ohio State University (where she is completing her doctoral education), Odissi at Ohio State and Multicultural Center for Embodied Aesthetics, she employs entrepreneurial measures for building a dance fraternity. Both her choreography and writing build conversations across academe, performance, and business. Recently her choreography was featured in American College Dance Association Conference at Kent State University. She is currently working on a collaboration between Indian classical dance and motion capture technology enhancing the scope of Odissi as inspiration as well as co-creator in the world of 3D animation.

Areas of Expertise
  • Choreography
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Dance