As a child, Tiyasha hopped on a rickshaw twice a week with her grandmother to go to dance class. Her grandmother never took a book to pass the time. Instead, she sat there, passively thinking. Tiyasha suspects it might have been about her own missed opportunities. Tiyasha owes the seeds of her practice to her Didu, who took her to classes and sustained her with encouragement. It was this seed that sparked the virtuosic Odissi dancer is today.
Nrtiyasha is an arts collective that gives opportunities to Indian classical dancers to engage with the community through performances and other dialogues. They also run workshops and projects to create dynamic ways of learning and engaging with the different classical dance forms.
Leela undertook all their website design and content, a tightrope between classicism and the contemporary.