Sanjeevini Dutta trained in Odissi and for two decades performed, and took dance into education and community settings. With Bisakha Sarker as one-half of Sanchari, she toured nationally Rhythms of Life and Tending the Fire. She was part of the team that researched linking South Asia dance with the National Curriculum for PE and Dance in 1990.
Sanjeevini led Kadam jointly with Sujata Banerjee from 1991 to 2000. She was assisted by Anita Srivastava until 2007. In that time the Kadam Dance Summer School became known nationally and set a standard that others have followed (Dance-India, Ananda Odissi Summer School).
On the demise of Aditi the national body for South Asian dance, Kadam acquired the publication Aditi News and its subsequent avatar Ex-Tradition in 2001. In 2002 the first issue of Pulse was released under editor Anita Dawood Nasser. From 2003-2007 Pulse was edited by Chitra Sundaram, whose reputation in the dance world gave the magazine international recognition. When Sanjeevini Dutta took over in 2008 she took the magazine in the direction of greater popular appeal, bringing full colour, gorgeous photographs, inclusion of music coverage and more focus on dancers and productions. Pulse also became a quarterly magazine. Between 2008-2017, 39 issues were commissioned. Sanjeevini also built a team of young writers including Seetal Kaur Gahir, Jahnavi Harrison, Shivaangee Agrawal, Pranav Yajnik.
Gopa’s earlier career was spent in teaching and research at UCL and other London Colleges. Her doctoral thesis was on the Lives of Women Saints in Old and Early Middle English. She has been involved with dance all her life, from the Tagoreans in her teens, to regular odissi classes whenever possible (with a flamenco period in between); her teachers have been Priya Pawar, Mavin Khoo, Katie Ryan and currently Elena Catalano. She is now happily learning more about South Asian dance and music whilst working with Kadam/Pulse.
Parbati is a London-born and based dance artist and teacher whose kathak training continues with Urja Desai Thakore. She regularly features in Pagrav Dance Company, Akademi and Kadam productions, and performed in Amina Khayyam Dance Company’s SLUT at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. A busy teacher, Parbati leads kathak classes across London.
Aside from her dance practice, Parbati shares in the website’s vision of nurturing a more integrated, informed and innovative South Asian arts sector, and has been a part of the Pulse Editorial team since 2013.