Abirami Eswar

Abirami Eswar is a Kathak dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in London. For over a decade, she has trained with her Guru, Padmashri Pratap Pawar (MBE), one of the most senior exponents of Kathak globally, to master the nuances of traditional Kathak specialising in the Lucknow gharana, which emphasises on style and grace with speed and complexity. Whilst she remains true to traditional Kathak as a solo artist, her performances with other artists both in the UK and abroad has showcased her ability to blend her dance with other contemporary art forms with grace.

Abirami’s dedication to Kathak and the performing arts has brought her recognition as one of the UK’s 40 under 40 South Asian Artists in 2019. Her work aims to push her creative boundaries while keeping their roots intact. She continues to work as a freelance artist collaborating with dance companies such as Balbir Singh Dance Company, Akademi, Triveni Dance Company, Pagrav Dance Company, Nrityakala Dance Company and independent choreographers across England. Some of her previous performances have included, Painting the Indian Gods, Love and Spice, Broken Tusk, Synchronised, Peacock Lake, Champion of the Flatlands and The Creative Spirit of John Curry with Balbir Singh Dance Company.

Abirami is extremely humbled to have had these opportunities and she believes hard work, loyalty and dedication will reap the rewards. She also teaches aspiring Kathak dancers of all ages across England.

“Since 2016 I have worked extensively on several projects with Balbir Singh Dance Company, BSDC has given me the chance to work both in the UK and abroad and with various artists from different backgrounds and styles. I truly believe the creativity and simplicity with which unique pieces have been developed over time has positively influenced my own work and approach to Kathak.”

“Kathak is my passion and it helps me find my soul.”

Abirami Eswar

Abirami Eswar

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The Idea (learning to dance)
My destiny to bring them together
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts (learning to dance)
The story (love and spice)
Dance with live cooking
On the trail of love and spice
Love, spice – and healthy eating
Breakdown of The Strategists
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
An interview with Kuldip Singh Bist of the Delhi Hurricanes
Overview of The Strategists
Decreasing Infinity in India
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Sooraj Subramaniam
Breakdown of the piece (12)
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Moon, dance
The Collaborators
Bones, Bodies and Beats
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Script (12)
BMX and Flatland terminology
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (2)
Running order (full contact)
Watersplash! Uncovering hidden histories to reach new audiences
When Worlds Collide
Immersed in music
In the presence of geniuses
Olga Maloney
Exploring hidden worlds
Gary Beacom
A bridge to India
Jesse Bannister
A lost art?
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Kimberley Hardy
body/painting – dancers at an exhibition
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
Baines Cards
Who was Sir Hans Krebs?
Synchro in the city
Kali Chandrasegaram
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar
What is Kathak?
Life blood
A new aesthetic in the sport-art of synchro
AquaKathak – the creative water workout
Balbir on working with Gary
Colouring your emotions
Abirami Eswar
Care Homes Tour Leeds 2020
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Erica Mulkern
John Ball
Artistic Highlights
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
John Curry Olympic and World Champion
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom