Ku Sheena Rinky Bala (Kathak dance)

Sheena (Rinky) Bala has always been passionate about dance, and it was after discovering her Guru in 1998, Namita Debroy at the age of 6, that she found her love for Kathak. Her Guru, Namita Debroy was trained by the esteemed Pt. Bihari Lal Sing and Dr. Umashankar Chakraborty (disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj) at Agartala Music College in Lucknow University.

Since then, she has been a student of Nritya Bharati School of Kathak, located in Brisbane. Through her Guru’s complete dedication and love for dance, Sheena has learnt and is continuing to learn about the Lucknow Gharana style of Kathak.

She has performed in many cultural events around Queensland and is a member of the Bengali Society of Queensland where she participates each year in their many cultural festivals. In 2012, she won the GOPIO Queensland Inc. Young Achievers Award for Performing and Visual Arts.

While she was away studying a year in Sydney, she learnt Jaipur Style of Kathak from Swastik Institute of Dance. However, upon returning back to Brisbane in 2016, she is back to her home dance school, and continues to learn from her Guru. Sheena completed her Honours Degree at University of Queensland and recently finished her Masters in Actuarial Science at Bond University in 2016.

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