Born in Madras, India, and brought up in Paris, Shivalingappa is the child of East and West. She is a world-renowned practitioner of the classical Indian Kuchipudi technique, and she received an intense and rigorous training from the master teacher Vempati Chinna Satyam. Driven by a deep desire to bring Kuchipudi to Western audiences, she has performed in important festivals and theaters around the world, earning praise and admiration from all.
Acclaimed for her rare talent by artists and connoisseurs in India and Europe, Shantala combines a perfect technique with flowing grace and a very fine sensitivity. Since the age of 13, she has worked with some of the greatest artists of our time: Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Bartabas, and Pina Bausch. She began dancing with Pina Bausch in 1999 and was a featured performer in Bausch’s Nefes and Bamboo Blues.
A Dancer rises in the East, and now the West, Julie Bloom, New York Times, December 10, 2008.