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

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art