Mandira is a dancer, teacher, and anthropologist, with a well rounded knowledge of the Indian subcontinent, having spent extended periods of time there for more than a decade. Early in her life, her training, interest, and research was in the physical theatre and clowning. She embraced this for several years, along with other contemporary styles of dance, before the beauty of Indian classical dance, in the form of Kuchipudi, captured her during a journey to South India.
Enthralled and deeply in love with the complexity and richness of its expressiveness, she immediately decided to deepen her studies in a more dedicated and disciplined manner. Upon her decision to return to India for 7 months, Mandira began searching for a dance guru.
The journey led her to study with several teachers, before eventually discovering and devoting herself to the skilful and meticulous guidance of her current Guru, SathyaPriya Ramana, a dance prodigy from the prestigious Kuchipudi Art Academy located in Madras (Chennai).
For five years she continued returning to India; traveling, studying, and exploring the culture. In Rajasthan she also discovered the beauty of the Gypsies dances from the Thar’s desert, and the Royal dances from the Rajput caste.
In Pushkar she trained in Kalbelya with Raki Kalbelya and Sunita Sapera, and with Hemant Devara in Rajasthani Folk dances and Kathak Sufi.
Mandira also resided in Berkeley (California) for some years, where she studied and researched the Dances of the Silk Route and Central Asia, with the world renowned dance company “Ballet Asfaneh”.
She focused primarily on Persian Classical, Afghan and Uzbek dances with the company’s premier choreographer Miriam Peretz.
Her relentless curiosity to assimilate more of the Silk Road dances lead her recently to Uzbekistan, where she trained with Gulmira and Diloroma Madraximova, in Tashkent State higher School of National Dance and Choreography.
She is presently based in Italy and teaches regularly between Italy, Spain & India: classes, workshops and foundation courses on Classical Persian dances.
She also performs in both Indian Classical and Persian dance with live music.