Brinda Guha is a Bessie-nominated artist and has been learning North Indian Classical Kathak dance for over 25 years under the tutelage of her mother, Smt. Malabika Guha. She has been performing professionally on the national level for well over a decade, as well as internationally on group and solo projects, She has collaborated with many east coast performing artists and musicians, and has been on the bill at several theater venues and community concerts. Since 2007, when Brinda participated in a month-long Spanish classical Flamenco workshop in Spain, she returned to NYC only to find Dionisia Garcia of Flamenco NYC, whom she studied under for a decade. Before she started Flamenco, she studied other forms of Classical Indian dance, including Manipuri East Indian Classical dance from Smt. Kalavati Devi and her daughter, Bimbavati Devi. As of late, Brinda has been continuing her training in Kathak, Manipuri, and various Contemporary Fusion styles. Her own movement vocabulary has expanded, but continued to build over her classical base. This journey has led her to her signature style of Contemporary Indian dance, a name that is currently under review. The eventual goal is to develop her signature movement as a philosophy under the Contemporary Indian umbrella.
Brinda currently dances with Soles of Duende, a multicultural percussive trio rooted in the rhythms of Tap (Amanda Castro), Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), and Kathak (Guha). She is also the artistic director of Kalamandir Dance Company, main faculty of Kalamandir School of Dance Inc., curator at Wise Fruit NYC, and administrator at Dance/NYC.
Brinda began choreographing when she attended college at New York University. Her project "RISE" (dance production based on the poems of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes) started in 2005 but then evolved into a larger project that was presented in five indian cities as well as London, England. With Kalamandir of NJ Dance School, Brinda began to teach and choreograph the advanced and intermediate students for local dance productions and performances, setting group numbers and solos on many of the students. Fast forward to 2013 when Kalamandir Dance Company started to take off in the tri-state area, and Brinda's choreography work gained some momentum. Since then, Brinda has choreographed pieces for her company and many local dance groups, presenting work at Brooklyn Dance Festival, NYCDA Dance Festival, Young Choreographer's Festival, Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester Showcase, Gowanus Arts Center, Secret Theater, Dixon Place, Grounds for Sculpture, George St. Playhouse, NJ State Theater, Funktion Dance Complex, The Knockdown Center, Hammerstein Ballroom, Madison Square Garden, and much more. She sets work on elite dancers at various tri-state area dance studios, and has an incredible roster of collaborative experience. She has set work with Andy Blankenbuehler, Justin Conte, Phil Orsano, Derek Mitchell, Neil Schwartz, Ashle Dawson, Kumari Suraj, Lauren Cox, Carlos Neto, Omari Mizrahi, Myriam Gadri, Ginger Cox & Subhasis Das. She is grateful to her current group of dancers who consistently inspire her to create new work. Brinda is currently on permanent faculty at Liberated Movement, guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center and teaches permanently for Kalamandir School of Dance Inc.
model & actress
Brinda started acting on stage in 2009, but never received any formal training in the craft. She learned theater performance basics from local directors and coaches on a workshop-to-workshop basis, and has since been performing on stage. In 2009, Brinda performed in Badal Sircar’s “Pagla Ghora”, directed by celebrated Bollywood filmmaker, Amol Palekar. She later debuted a lead role at the South Asian Theater Festival’s staging of “Red Oleanders” and “The Little Clay Cart” (2009, 2010). Brinda has performed in small theater productions since, including the lead in Gargi Mukherjee's "Our Voices", as well as in a segment directed by Subhasis Das for 2015's South Asian Theater Festival's Theater In Break installment of "Ami Chitragada", which ultimately traveled to five venues over the course of 2017.
You can also find Brinda in some print modeling ads, the latest one being on the cover of Sandhya Menon's teen novel, "When Dimple Met Rishi".
Brinda began WISE FRUIT in 2017, an artistic showcase dedicated to the feminine divine and honoring/benefiting Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and Sue Rock Originals Everyone Inc. The initiative started with a sincere urge to create a platform where "art meets activism", putting dancers and choreographers and other interdisciplinary artists on a platform to use their talents towards a larger picture. The mixer event is curated specifically to highlight NYC-based artists who can yield action. The event has successfully been covered by NowThis Her Media & Dance Magazine and is now approaching its 11th iteration. Between live installments, Wise Fruit NYC functions as a community space and online campaign that services the field with beginner tools and resources in social justice and anti-racism initiatives.
For more information, visit www.wisefruitnyc.com, and follow WISE FRUIT online @wisefruitnyc.
Brinda Guha serves as the Senior Producing Coordinator at NYC-based service organization, Dance.NYC.
Dance/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization.
Service to the field
Brinda serves on the advisory board for Dance Teacher Magazine. Dance Teacher is designed exclusively for dance educators with advice and inspiration for your teaching practice and your studio business.
Brinda also serves on several grant review and programming review panels. She writes Op-Eds and thought pieces for Dance Magazine, as well as other publications.