Archita Kumar

Archita Kumar is a London-based dancer, choreographer, musician and composer. In 2018, she has been a resident artist at  artsdepot (London) and recipient of the Bonnie Bird Marion North Choreographic Mentoring Award. Archita’s work is deeply influenced by her formal training in Kathak, Hindustani vocal and sitar. She began her training at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, and later pursued Kathak training at the Kadamb Institute in Ahmedabad, as well as sitar rendering from maestro Gaurav Mazumdar. She is committed to supporting dancers at various points in their Kathak dance journey, be it her Principal Artist role for the young dancers from CAT-Yuva Gati to Kathak coaching for Jose Agudo’s Silk Road.

Archita performs as a freelance soloist, as well as for dance companies/institutions. Her dance highlights include:

  • Solo Kathak performance at Hemantika Festival for which she composed and choreographed (2017)

  • Akademi’s Paradiso choreographed by Jose Agudo (2016–17)

  • Akademi’s Sufi:Zen choreographed by Gauri Tripati and Mavin Khoo (2009–present)

  • Touring with Pagrav Dance Company’s Baharan (2009)

  • Featured soloist in Akademi’s Daredevas, Purcell Room (2008)

  • Akademi’s Ekatra, Royal Opera House Clore Studio, choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia (2004)

  • Sujata Banerjee’s Kathak–Flamenco collaboration for Milapfest’s Dance Yatra festival (2002)

  • Triveni Dance Company’s Legacy of Tradition, choreographed and directed by Pandit Birju Maharaj (2001)

As a composer, Archita has released 3 singles commercially, under the label Music Mandi, which have been featured on BBC Asian Network. She is often found balancing her passion for dance and music, having been engaged in some equally exciting music projects such as:

  • Commissioned by Manuela Benini to compose original music for Akademi Choreographic Commission Mare Nostrum (2017), Sampad’s Partition Trail (2017) and Emergency Exit Arts’ outdoor show for Diwali in the Square (2016)

  • Worked with percussion legend and composer Pandit Dinesh, lending her vocals to documentaries such as the BBC Indian Railway series (2014)

  • Performing with Bollywood composer Pritam Chakraborty at Wembley Arena (2014)

  • Touring as a vocalist with international band Kasabian, including Glastonbury main stage (2014)

Archita also holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from University College London.