MEET THE TEAM
Nisha began dancing with Surtal Arts when she was 5 years old. After being nurtured into a professional Kathak dancer, having performed around the world and teaching as an artist, she now gives her time in kind to serve on our board of directors.
For her day job, Nisha works as a Creative Lead for marketing and comms at the BBC, and in her spare time loves DIY, getting lost in art galleries and watching Bollywood movies.
Simran was born and raised in India and has a deep rooted love for music , dance and all forms of creative expression.
She is passionate about promoting various art forms ,especially amongst the youth.
She feels that art transcends all boundaries and brings communities together. This “Unity in diversity” can really build strong inclusive communities .
In her day job Simran works as a Local Area Coordinator in the local authority .In her spare time she likes reading, music, interior design and running for charity.
My name is Mike and I have been on the Board of Surtal Arts for 7 years. I have a great love of whole range of South Asian Arts and believe passionately in the power of music and dance to bring together different communities and cultures.
Surtal Arts is at the heart of this within Derbyshire and the work undertaken in the Community and particularly within schools has been instrumental in reaching out to the population and sharing the joy and beauty of South Asian Art and culture.
Founder and board member of Surtal Arts. She was the Artistic Director for the organisation for 10 years before moving onto working in the fashion industry. She continues to support Surtal Arts to ensure that the organisation produces highest quality of artistic work and it has a broder audience.
She has always advocated for diversity, equality and inclusion in her work. She belives arts can truly build bridges between communities, address health inequality and ental health and wellbeing by working in partnerships/collaboration with like minded people. HHavih
I was born and grew up in New Delhi where I completed higher education in Science. I moved to the UK in 1983.
I have worked in the Community with a number of projects though primarily Surtal Arts. I am on the Board now and it continues to inspire me to promote South Asian Art and culture within Derbyshire.
We work to bring together different communities through dance,music and artistic workshops. We also work closely with local schools.