Ashley Anjlien Kumar
"Just as a single thread is not as strong as hundreds of threads together making a durable canvas...So are we."
Awards & Honours in the field of performing arts:
-Awarded Avenue Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40 (See Profile)
-Recipient of 2014 CIP Travel Grant
-Recognized by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for performing and choroegraphing a dance for the Inaugrual Diwali celebration at the Legislature in October 2013
-Nominated in 2012 for the John Poole Award for Business Promotion of the Arts (Sharara Dance & Fitness Studio) and recognized at the 25th Annual Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.
Things you might not know about her...
-She was one of the collaborating artists for the Living Heritage of Mill Woods Project Workshop Presentation in November 2013 (See Here)
-She has learned Kathak intermittently throughout her lifetime with 4 teachers and has found her match with the renown Joanna De Souza of Toronto (See here)
-She played the role of Godess Sita in an Edmonton based production of the Ram Leela for 4 years (2008, 2010-2012)
-She volunteered in the slums of Mumbai for 1 month to teach children Bollywood Dance (2009)
-She speaks Hindi, and can read and write the basics of the language.
-She has lived in India twice (2008/2009) (2009/2010)
-She is a trained actor (Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares - Mumbai, & U of A Drama)
-She is a certified fitness instructor
-She has a niece and nephew whom she adores...
-She Co-wrote, produced and directed a successful dance-drama called Bollywood Dreamzzz... in 2008
-She was the head choreographer for the short film Breakout of the Masala Kid
-She has performed on stage with actress Karsima Kapoor
-She likes to upcylce and make jewellery and accesories
-She delivered pizza for Panago when she was in College (!)
...Teaching dance to children in the slums of Nallosopara, Mumbai.