As one of the main pioneers of dance/movement therapy in India, Tripura Kashyap began practicing DMT in India in 1990. She studied the discipline at the Hancock Centre for Dance/Movement Therapy in Wisconsin, USA and obtained an M.A. in Psychology in India. She has worked as a Movement therapist at Half-way homes, Special schools, Treatment / Rehabilitation centres, Senior citizens facilities and with individual clients. She also trained in Jazz, Ballet, Modern dance, Choreography and Dance theatre at the International Choreographers Residency at the 'American Dance Festival' USA. Tripura received fellowships from the Ashoka International Foundation and Indian Ministry of Culture for her innovations in dance therapy and contemporary dance. She authored ‘My Body, My Wisdom’ a handbook on Creative dance therapy and ‘Contemporary Dance: Practices, Paradigms and Practitioners’ published by Penguin and Aayu publications. She was founder-director of Rainbow Inc (Hyderabad) and Apoorva Dance Theatre (Bengaluru). She has worked collaboratively with filmmakers, visual artists and musicians on cross-art projects and performances. She was the projects coordinator for Bhoomika dance Company (Delhi) and consultant for ‘Dance-in-Education’ program at Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts (Bengaluru). Tripura is Delhi based and has taught on the diploma course in Dance Therapy (Pune) and teaches on CMTAI’s Dance Movement therapy certificate courses in Delhi and Bangalore. She is also a guest faculty at the Psychology Department, Ashoka University and M.A Performance studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi
Reetu is a Creative Movement Therapy Facilitator, a dancer/choreographer for over 30 years, and visiting faculty with Ashoka University and Ambedkar University. Her dance repertoire includes Indian classical & folk, Ugandan folk, and American Tribal Style belly dance. As a facilitator, she has primarily worked with transgender (hijra) and adolescent groups and is passionate about creating open and safe platforms for self-discovery, dialogue and expression, especially in areas related to gender and sexuality. Reetu was selected as an ADTA Talks’ speaker at the American Dance Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference and has represented India and the field of creative movement therapy at various forums, including the DaDaFest International Congress in the UK in 2016, the Ananta Centre (formerly Aspen Institute India) leadership conference on ending sexual violence in 2014, and the Harvard South Asia Institute “Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms” conference in 2013. Reetu is currently pursuing her PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, USA, with her research focus on exploring the role of the arts in sexual violence prevention with youth in India.
Preethi Rajagopalan, a Bharathanatyam dancer, is a certified Creative Movement Therapy Facilitator. She completed her certification as a Creative Movement Facilitator in 2015 from the CID UNESCO certified course offered by CMTAI. She has been working with various populations including children with special needs, teachers, women's groups, corporates. She is currently associated with Vydehi School, Whitefield, Asha Foundation Trust, Shalabham Academy and Aarambh school as a Creative Movement facilitator. She has been associated with CMTAI as a core team member of the Bangalore team since 2015 and has been involved in organizing various conferences and knowledge exchange programs. She is one of the teaching faculty of the Bangalore certification course in Creative Movement Therapy offered by CMTAI. She has presented her work with children with special needs at various forums and conferences. She is currently pursuing the American Dance Movement Therapy Association’s (ADTA) Alternate Route Dance Movement Therapy Certification program to become a certified R-DMT at the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal, Canada.
Sukriti Dua is a psychologist, dance/movement therapy practitioner and a choreographer. She has done her bachelors in Psychology and masters in Clinical Psychology and has also completed a certification in Dance/Movement Therapy from CMTAI. In the past few years she has majorly worked with children of all ages and various needs, whilst visiting NGOs, intervention centers, schools, private organizations and more, through counseling and DMT. Her counseling work is also extended to adults and young adults through consultancy and private practice. She is also a published author with her paper, “The Effect of Dance on Self” in an ISBN Book. She actively conducts workshops with students, universities, schools, corporates etc. and is a faculty on CMTAI's certification courses. Her choreography venture "Beat It Productions" has a large reach through Youtube and offline projects as well. Her major interests lie in applying her therapeutic knowledge with different populations, spreading awareness about mental health, facilitating positive mental health and pursuing her passion of dance and research alongside.
Reema Taneja is Therapeutic Movement Facilitator. She has done her Masters in Psychology from Delhi University and completed her Certification in Creative Movement Therapy from CID UNESCO through CMTAI. She has worked with underprivileged adolescents girls and women. Combining her Corporate experience in HR, she has adopted DMT in behavioural trainings for corporates. She has had her dance training in various Indian classical and folk dances and is currently exploring Latin Dance. Passionate about dance, fitness and well-being, her aim is to innovatively engage the practice of DMT across sectors in India. It’s the power and magic of movement that keeps her moving.
Aparna Ramkrishnan is a Registered Dance movement psychotherapist (R-DMP). She has a Masters degree in Dance movement psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London. She also holds a Masters of Science in Medical Sociology from The University of Madras and a Post Diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. As a DMP, she primarily works with adolescent and adult mental health within various community settings. She has also facilitated therapeutic movement workshops in corporate settings, schools, and mental health charities. For her, integrating mental health with the use of the body as a creative outlet helps bring a sense of oneness. In addition, she believes that each movement of the body is an adventure, where, with the support provided by the therapeutic relationship, one seeks to explore something new each time. She also holds a strong ethical outlook of creating a safe space of inclusivity and non-judgment.
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Nishtha Agarwal holds a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University (Cambridge, USA), a Masters in Applied Psychology from Delhi University (Delhi, India), and a certification course in Dance Movement Therapy. She currently works as an Outpatient Clinician in Massachusetts (USA), assessing and treating adults facing various mental health issues in individual, couples and group settings. She applies a trauma-informed and body based approach in expressive arts therapy. Her past work includes a wide range of populations such as adults and adolescents with eating disorders, homeless adults with acute mental illness, adolescents in high schools and children with visual impairment.
Purva is a software engineer by education, but after a couple of years in the IT industry, her spirit took her to more creative avenues. Over the years, she has served as associate director of sales at Kingdom of Dreams, India's 1st Broadway style theater and cultural center. She has also served as the Head and Chief Happiness Officer with Zorba the Buddha, one of India's largest open faith spiritual and cultural centers. She has also worked with some celebrity management and event companies. She likes to travel and blog about these said travels. Purva is playful and heartful, and brings practicality, positivity and mindfulness in all her interactions.
Nalini Prakash, a board-certified dance/movement therapist and a certified movement analyst, has extensive experience working with individuals suffering from chronic mental illness within the criminal justice system. A classical Indian dancer, Nalini facilitates recovery-based groups that value cultural and ethnic diversity. She integrates elements of Indian dance and creative movement encouraging individuals to safely re-experience emotions, empowering them towards positive change. She has also used her skills in movement observation to reduce violence, fostering social change among a forensic population. Nalini is currently a PhD candidate within the Creative Arts Therapies graduate program at Drexel University.
Dr. Malini Nagpal has been working since the 90s with organizations and individual clients on refining human inter/intra-action and communication to achieve empowered and effective personal and professional success. With a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), MS & Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (I/O Psychology), Dr. Nagpal has combined the practice of DMT with the science of I/O Psychology and created education, training, and advocacy materials. She also trains actors, attorneys, athletes, sales/marketing teams, healthcare professionals, etc. internationally to achieve success in their respective professions.
Dr. Sohini Chakraborty, Ashoka fellow, sociologist, dance activist, and dance movement therapist, is the founder/director of Kolkata Sanved. She is a pioneer of dance movement therapy(DMT) in India and South Asia as a tool for psycho-social rehabilitation to provide a fresh approach both in DMT and social development sector. For more than 25 years, Sohini has experimented with DMT as a tool for empowerment, psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration for vulnerable/marginalized children, young people and adults. Creating a pool of DMT practitioners from the grassroot level and from survivors is her significant contribution in the global DMT approach. The unique and innovative Sampoornata approach was developed by Kolkata Sanved under her leadership. Honed over the past two decades, Kolkata Sanved’s Sampoornata’ model is a globally recognized approach today. Sohini was instrumental in launching one of the country’s first Diploma DMT programmes in 2012 with the Center for Lifelong Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is the International Working Committee Member Rise Learning Network- work for recovery reintegration for child sexual exploitation and Chair-Status and Development, World Dance Alliance, Asia Pacific. She has received multiple national and international awards for her innovation, leadership, outstanding achievement and inspiration.