Shakti Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering authentic self-expression through the cultural arts including dance, voice, and yoga.
The word "Shakti" denotes the feminine force which gives birth to the diversity of the world – it is in this diversity we see that all is one. And it is through connection with one another and with ourselves that we discover the binding force between all that is seemingly “different.”
Shakti celebrates expression of this diversity through many modalities and strives to bring Eastern values of community and non-duality to the West. Shakti recognizes that every body and mind is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to self-expression. Our goal is to empower all students with their natural potential for creative expression and encourage innovative approaches to traditional styles.
Rimi Basu, chief instructor at Shakti, has trained in Indian classical dance and music for 16 years under various teachers, including Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti in Washington DC and Pandits Ajay Chakroborty and Sanjay Chakroborty in India. After completing her graduate dance certification from Nrityalaya Dance Academy in Potomac, MD in 2002, she has performed at numerous venues around the world, fusing her love for Indian classical arts with her own modern style and creative touch, and often infusing live singing of mantras and shlokas into her dance performances. To this end, she has also developed trademark multidisciplinary styles for her classes, fusing Indian classical dance with yoga and the voice in Shakti Yoga. She has performed and offered workshops around the world, in India, Singapore, France, South America, and the United States.
Her goal is to preserve world cultures and languages, with a particular interest in South Asia and the Middle East, through fusing with modern forms of dance and music to keep them fresh and relevant for the contemporary world. To that end, she has worked with numerous artists and companies to expand the scope of her work and offer new and innovative presentations of ancient dance and music forms.
*** Studio Equipment ***
PA Sound System, 5 microphones, full-length mirror
*** Travel Equipment ***
Drone, metronome, sheet music