Dancer , Choreographer and Teacher
Arunima Kumar is one of the leading and versatile Kuchipudi dancers of her generation today. Born in India , she began her dance training at the age of seven and studied with eminent dancers and teachers(gurus) Padmashree Guru JayaRama Rao and Vanashree Rao . She had her initial training under Padmabhushan Smt Swapnasundari. She is currently mentored by Shobhana Jeyasingh, Chitra Sundaram and Pushkala Gopal.
Arunima is the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskaar for 2008 , awarded by the President of India ,to artists who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the fields of music, dance and drama. She is also selected for One Dance Uks mentoring program for 2015 and is one of the 20 artists receiving this recognition and honor. She has received the Delhi State Sahitya Kala Parishad Scholarship for Dance, Shringarmani title, ’A grade artiste’ of National television , ‘established artist ‘ empaneled by ICCR and EXTEND scholarship sponsored by Arts Council England, Asian Woman of Achievement Award UK in arts category, Tagore commission (Runners Up) awarded by Pulse and Tagore Center London 2014, UTKARSH Award Commission 2014 – for choreography in classical dance by Akademi and Arts Council England. She received the FICCI FLO award in April 2015 for her contribution to art and culture and is also nominated for the Mayors award UK..