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Priya Shrikumar

Born in Kerala, India, Priya is a versatile and award-winning dancer, choreographer, teacher of Indian classical dance and founder of Dance Ihayami. Priya’s groundbreaking and uncompromising work has changed the face of Indian dance in Scotland.

Priya came to the UK, bringing with her the rich Indian traditions of classical dance, yoga and music. Priya has taught and inspired thousands of children, young people and adults throughout Scotland and the UK. She has run classes in countless primary and secondary schools and introduced an outreach programme of Indian arts around the country. She has worked with people with complex and profound disabilities, mental health illness, at risk youth, and people living in disadvantaged areas. 

Priya is a constant source of power and grace to her dancers, both as a performer and as a teacher. Known for her highly successful collaborative work with Scottish/Celtic music, Priya has developed and delivered her own styles and signature pieces. She created the first fusion pieces in Indian dance using Scottish Celtic music and continues to develop uncompromising work that consistently breaks new ground.

Priya received the "Women Empowered Award 2009" for outstanding artistic quality and originality of work and for promoting diverse cultural activities in Scottish society, in the Arts and Culture category from the Nari Kallyan Shangho organisation in acknowledgement of her achievements.