Sohini Moksha

About Sohini

Sohini Roychowdhury, exponent of India’s oldest classical dance form – Bharatanatyam, choreographer, visionary, philosopher and professor of Natyashastra, winner of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman by the House of Lords, British Parliament, London, and Founder of Sohinimoksha World Dance & Communications and Sohinimoksha Artes deLaIndia – performer at The Times Of India Festival; NocheEnBlanco - Spain’s biggest cultural festival; Premiere of “Slumdog Millionaire” at the special request of director Danny Boyle; 2010 European Brand Ambassador for India Tourism’s Imagine !ndia campaign; Visiting Professor of Dance, and performer, at the Los Andes University in Bogota(Colombia), the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center of ICCR (Moscow, Russia), Salamanca University, UIMP Santander (Spain), CasaAsia (Madrid), Visiting Professor of Indian Dance for Ph.D. Students at Complutense University (Madrid) 2016/17 - and performer at the biggest annual global conference organized by the Government of India – the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, January 2013.

From performing for Danny Boyle at the Slumdog Millionaire premiere to rocking the Andes with the jingle of her ghungroos in Bogota, to mesmerizing snow-covered Moscow, to enthralling audiences from Adelaide to New York with her stagecraft and performances, Sohini Roychowdhury has been a premier ambassador of Indian culture for the last several years.

Her dedication and special talent as an exponent of India’s oldest classical dance Bharatanatyam, her unique choreography and stagecraft, her ability to adapt and fuse the best that the world of International dance and music has to offer with her Bharatanatyam based choreographies, her culture and language bridging communication skills, have all combined together to create the unique world of Sohinimoksha – celebrating the Humanism of Rumi, Sufi mysticism, the mesmeric quality of Vedic and Gregorian chants, tracing the cult of the Mother Goddess from its Egyptian roots through pre-Baroque times to the Latin countries, alongside India, the timeless message of Gandhi - underlining Sohini’s, and Sohinimoksha’s world-view and mission – Connecting Civilizations!

Sohini has been termed "a revolutionary" in the world of dance and communication (Hindustan Times), "remaking history in the footsteps of Uday Shankar" (Times Of India).

In spreading her art and vision throughout the world - Sohini has globalized Indian dance and evolved a novel stagecraft that is now uniquely identifiable as the Sohinimoksha style.

Sohini’s dance troupe consists of her students, and dancers, from all over Europe, Latin America, USA, and India, whose performances in India, Europe, Latin America, Australia, USA and Russia have been garnering tumultuous audience appreciation, and rave critical reviews everywhere.

Notable performances by Sohini and her group, Sohinimoksha, include –

  • The premiere of “SlumdogMillionaire”, on the request of its director Danny Boyle
  • Bollymadrid Festival, Madrid
  • Asia Festival Barcelona
  • Tirol Cultural Council performances, Innsbruck, Austria
  • LaNocheen Blanco, Madrid
  • Performance for the Indian Ministry of Tourism at FITUR, MADRID
  • Fnac Madrid
  • Indian Embassy performances at Madrid, London, Berlin & Moscow
  • Times of India Festivals in India
  • Off-Broadway performances in New York City
  • NIIT event at Villa Magna, Madrid
  • Teatro Conde Duque, Madrid
  • International Anthropological Museum, Madrid
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Kerala, India (on the invitation of the President of India) - January2013
  • National Geographic, Madrid -1st dance troupe to perform LIVE at this prestigious venue – May2013
  • Inner Voyage Event, Dubai – Signature “Flamenconatyam” themed performance at the prestigious Inner Voyage Event at Dubai – June2013

 

Recent Key Performance And Choreographies

  • Performance at the Press Conference to announce the first ever El Clasico Legends exhibition football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in India – The Ritz, Madrid, June 2014
  • Closing ceremony Performance at Asia Pacific INFOCOM – ITC Sonar, Kolkata – December 2014
  • Indian Republic Day Performance, hosted by the Indian Ambassador to Spain – The Ritz, Madrid, January 2015
  • Performance at Museo del Traje, Madrid to celebrate Women´s Day – March 2015
  • Diplomatic Conference in Madrid in the presence of Reina Sofia, Queen of Spain – April 2015
  • Hard Rock Café, Madrid – Exclusive performance in aid of Vicente Ferrer Foundation – July 2015
  • “Essence of Bengal” performances - specially choreographed performances inspired by the works of Rabindranath Tagore – in India and Spain – 2015
  • 1st Indian Dance troupe to perform in the historic and iconic Cabalgata de Reyes Madrid (Cavalcade of Kings) – leading Europe´s largest street parade with 30 performers in front of a live audience of 50,000 and Live TV audience of millions – January 2016
  • IIFA Madrid 2016 - performance at the IIFA Flashmob in Madrid City Center and opening act at the IIFA 2016 Launch Press Conference presided by the Mayor of Madrid and IIFA Brand Ambassadors Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha.
  • Performance for Queen Sofia of Spain at the 2016 AIDE Feria Diplomatico, Madrid – April 2016

 

2017/2018 and 2019 Performances

  • Sohinimoksha performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Maharashtra State Police Games, in front of a live audience of 20,000 – Aurangabad - January 2017
  • Performance - Workshop at the Times of India Happy Streets Festival, Kolkata – February 2017
  • Sohinimoksha performance at the iconic Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, Asia´s largest street festival – February 2017
  • Solo performances for the Tirol County Council across Austria, including UNESCO schools– May 2017 and May 2018
  • Opening Ceremony performance by Sohinimokshaat GRAM Kota, Rajasthan, for Chief Minister Vasundhara RajeScindia – May 2017
  • Sohinimoksha performance at the Bloomsbury Festival 2017, London; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London University; Cambridge University – October 2017
  • Sohinimoksha performance at GRAM Udaipur, Rajasthan, for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia – November 2017
  • Sohinimoksha performance at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – February 2018 – a repeat performance at Mumbai´s iconic street festival.
  • Solo performances and Lecture Demonstrations at various UNESCO schools for Tirol Culture Service, Austria – May 2018
  • Solo performances and Lecture Demonstrations – University of Leipzig and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany - June 2018
  • Sohinimoksha performance at The Bengal Club, Kolkata – August 2018
  • Bharatanatyam solo performances and Master Classes at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, New York; Ananda Ashram, New York; Philadelphia and Washington DC – September/October 2018
  • Sohinimoksha performance at Loreto House Kolkata to celebrate the global “ 1 Billion Rising” movement to empower battered women – Valentine’s Day, 2019
  • International Advertising Association World Congress 2019 at Grand Hyatt Kochi (Kerala) – Sohinimoksha performance at the Opening Ceremony – February 2019
  • World Women’s Day Conference at World Trade Centre, Mumbai – Sohinimoksha performance – March 2019

 

Sohini On The Talk Circuit

A regular speaker on Natyashastra, Dance, Gender Empowerment, Motivation through the Arts and related topics, Sohini is a visiting Professor at a number of Universities and institutes in Europe, the Americas, and India. Some of her notable presentations have been at :

  • Freie University, Berlin
  • School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • University of Los Andes, Bogota
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Moscow
  • Complutense University, Madrid
  • INK Youth Talks, ICCR Kolkata
  • Library Talk at The Tollygunge Club, Kolkata
  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, New York
  • University of Salamanca, Salamanca
  • Casa Asia, Madrid
  • UNESCO schools for the Tirol Culture Council, Innsbruck
  • Women Leadership Forum of Asia, Mumbai – Keynote Address

 

Some Awards And Accolades

  • 2010, Madrid - European brand ambassador of India Tourism’s “Incredible !ndia” campaign
  • 2011, Madrid - Felicitation by Shri Vayalar Ravi, Indian Cabinet Minister for Overseas Indians and Civil Aviation - in recognition of Sohini´s path-breaking work in taking India to the World through her craft
  • 2013, London - MAHATMA GANDHI PRAVASI SAMMAN at the HOUSE OF LORDS, BRITISH PARLIAMENT, LONDON, awarded by Baroness Verma, British Minister for Environment and Climate Change
  • 2015, New DelhiPriyadarshini Award for Outstanding Women Entrepreneur – by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs
  • 2019, New DelhiExceptional Women of Excellence Award – by Women Economic Forum (WEF)