Anamika Singh, founder of ADAA, established in 1998, is acclaimed across the nation for her traditionally Indian yet refreshingly modern dance style. Imbibing the intricacies of the dance forms synonymous with grace and beauty, she acquired her classical training in Kathak from Aditi Mangaldas, and Ballet from Fernando Aguilera. Training in over twenty-five dance forms ranging from Indian folk to Ballroom to Latin American, under the tutelage of reputed names like Saroj Khan and Shiamak Davar, makes her an exceptional dancer. Further knowledge of hypnotherapy and meditation together with her experience as an artist, teacher and mentor, has enriched her understanding, expression and communication of human emotion and behaviour reflected in all aspects of her work and being.
In this holistic journey of over 25 years, Anamika has not only helped awaken mindfulness in many, but also won numerous accolades. In the year 2000, The Times of India felicitated her with ‘The Vardhaman Trophy for the Creative Arts’ and the ‘Best Dancer Award.’ The tinsel town was not very far away as she stepped onboard for the Yash Raj film ‘Fanaa,’ followed by the 51st Filmfare Awards. She sashayed into the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in 2008 for Tarun Tahiliani and once again in 2011 for Kavita Bhartia. Her persona and skill have enhanced TV commercials for top brands like TED, Samsung, Karbonn, Jabong, and Nakshatra, where she made actress Kangana Ranaut move like a Goddess.
With a grand vision and spiritual essence, she has realized many impossible magnum opus dreams. The historical Red Fort came alive with a team of 500 dancers and musicians, as she conceptualized, produced and directed a miracle called ‘Noor-e-Jannat,’ in 2006, which swayed the royal courts for the first time in centuries. Yet another marvel manifested when, in a meager 3 days, she orchestrated 300 monks and performers for an enlightening dance theatrical, ‘I Buddha,’ at Bodhgaya for the Ministry of Tourism. She created history again by training 10,000 people for the Mahashivratri Celebrations at the Isha Yoga Centre. She staged a spectacular fire-dance sequence with 112 performers and an impromptu solo on the unveiling of Adiyogi (112 feet statue, the largest face of Shiva on the planet), consecrated by spiritual yogi Sadhguru and inaugurated by PM Narendar Modi with lakhs of attendees and millions of viewers celebrating this historic moment.
The valley that was once washed in red was painted in the colours of joy with her unforgettable performances, in 2001, at Kargil and Srinagar. In 2002, ‘The Life of Buddha,’ intricately crafted with local girls left all tranquil and spellbound at Leh. Once again in 2018, making her offerings to Buddha, she brought alive artist Satish Gupta’s installations in Art Ichol, Madhya Pradesh, through ‘The Dance of Elements.’
For this dancing diva, dance is her union with the Divine.