Shila Mehta, an internationally renowned Kathak dancer par excellence exudes a lot of positive vibrations and energy, is recognized for artistry, eloquence and spirituality in her presentations. Extensively trained and groomed as an artist with the leading exponents like Late Pt. Prahalad Das, Pt. Vijai Shankar, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Pt. Chitresh Das, Smt Kumudini Lakhia and Smt Kalanidhi Narayana.
Today she is a rare combination of an accomplished performer, choreographer, director, teacher, administrator and an artist. As a soloist, she has performed in major cities of the world and established herself as one of the leading Kathak dancers. She has choreographed a number of group ensembles that have been both in classical and folk idiom. She is also adept at conducting mass choreography working with 1500 participants on stage at a time. Over the years she has conceived, choreographed and presented over 200 compositions.
In addition to this Shila has researched and worked on innovative concepts in Kathak, ‘Charani Kathak’ and ‘Chaitanya Yoga’. Furthermore she has also done collaborative work with Flamenco, Jazz and ballet dancers.
She is also the founder director of the Nupur Zankar Academy of Performing Arts and Research Centre, Mumbai