Rashmi Uppal has been trained in the classical dance form of Kathak, by Smt. Bharti Gupta, a senior disciple of Pt. Shambhu Maharaj, and later by the renowned, Ms. Aditi Mangaldas.
A performer for 15 years, Rashmi has been a senior member of the repertory of Kathak Kendra and Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation. She has been felicitated with the title of `Shringmani’ in the KalKe Kalakar. Rashmi has also conducted some workshops in Delhi, the NIE (Newspaper in Education) by the Times of India and recently at the Kahaani Festival (organized by Teamwork Arts) at the Step by Step School in Jaipur.
A versatile and powerful performer, she is an empaneled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and a graded artist of Delhi Doordarshan. She is also the artistic director/performer/teacher at NRITYAM – Rashmi Uppal Centre for Performing Arts. She is based in Jaipur.
At the Kahaani festival 2016, she will conduct a workshop on telling stories through dance. At the outset, she will introduce the classical Indian dance form, kathak and then relate it to storytelling (Kathak comes from the word Katha which means story in Hindi). Next, she will demonstrate some mudras (stylized hand gestures) to express words such as `monsoon’ and `spring’. Through her workshop, she will emphasize the use of metaphors in dance: for example, clouds are dark so to express different things that one can relate to darkness. With the elder girls, some awareness about otherwise taboo subjects such as molestation and improper touches will be attempted.