Dr. Anita Vallabh is a Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher from Chennai, India. She was trained in the classical traditions by Smt. Shanta and Sri. V.P. Dhananjayan. She was the recipient of the National Award for the Best Dancer (1992-1993) from the National Hindi Academy, Calcutta, and was conferred the title of “Kala Bharati”. Vallabh received a Ph.D. from the University of Madras in 2002 and has performed internationally throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. She is the Creative Director the Chennai-based Aeka Academy, a holistic performing arts school established under the auspices of Vaels’ Group Of Institutions. As artist-in-residence at Shangri La, Vallabh created and choreographed a new dance performance in partnership with Honolulu-based Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine and her Hula Halau Pua Ali`i `Ilima. The performance, Suzani: A Weaving of Traditions, is based upon the theme of the intricate needlework of Uzbekistan, examples of which are found in the DDFIA collection of Islamic art. The choreography draws from plural vocabularies of Sufi poetry and philosophy, Hula and Bharatanatyam dance traditions, weaving multi linguistic, kinetic and musical elements. Suzani: A Weaving of Traditions brings together the inherent beauty and power of traditional artistic practices in a contemporary, genre-defying work of art and premiered on site at Shangri La on February 23, 2013.