Beyond the Stage: Contributors February 2016 

Elena Catalano is a dancer, teacher and scholar presently based in London. From 2010 to 2012, she received an ICCR scholarship to study Odissi in Delhi from 2010 to 2012. She also received the Milan Fellowship for further training at Srjan from 2012 to 2014,  and several bursaries to attend DanceIndia Summer School in Liverpool. Elena completed her PhD at Durham University, UK, with a project on Odissi, in which she investigated the interplay of somatic experiences, cultural values and politics of identity in Odissi training and performance. She now works as Dance Lecturer at Kingston University of London, where she teaches Dance Anthropology and Odissi technique. As a dancer, Elena is interested in promoting Odissi at a professional level and working collaboratively with other artists. For more information about Elena, please visit Elena can be reached at

Rohini Doshi-Dandavate holds a doctoral degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from the Ohio State University. As an artist in the Arts Learning Program of the Ohio Arts Council, she has conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations in Odissi dance in educational institutions in Ohio since 1994. As a Visiting Faculty in Denison University in 2001 she has offered courses in Odissi Dance. She received a graduate degree in Odissi dance from Kala Vikas Kendra, College of Indian Dance and Music, Cuttack, India. Her papers/articles can be accessed at She can be reached at

Patricia Salgado is an Odissi dancer and fashion designer. Since 2001 she has been living and working in Barcelona as a designer for Spanish companies specializing in women’s fashion. She also designs her own line, the the Güngur “Sundar Collection,”inspired by Indian classical dance. She co-founded Güngur Indian Fine Arts in 2009 and manages the Barcelona branch, where she conducts regular classes and workshops, organizes  performances/benefits and seminars She has been traveling regularly to India for her dance training since 2007 and has performed performed widely in Spain, Argentina and India. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information about Gungur, please visit: Patricia can be reached at:

Nisha Somasundaram is currently a postgraduate student of Modern South Asian history and Sanskrit at the University of Oxford. She has a research interest in gender and iconography from the early modern period. Previously a corporate solicitor, she co-founded Finding Lila, an online magazine and initiative in Odissi in 2014: She can be contacted at

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