Diya Naidu is an independent dancer and choreographer based in Bangalore, India. She been choreographing contemporary work since 2009 and started out with a sort of personal and existential quest. Her first pieces included NADIR (A look at the schizophrenic experience of living in the urban space), and BARDO BEINGS (A duet inspired by Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy). Diya is deeply excited by storytelling and by the kind of research that she feels only the artiste can enjoy – which is to experientially integrate different worlds in oneself, and use this experiential research to reflect, manifest, and influence contemporary reality. She is also an independent performance artist. She has trained with The Danceworx, New Delhi and received a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media from The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, after which she was a repertory dancer with them for 7 years. She has done shorter projects with Rythmosaic, Kolkata and Lshva and Nritarutya, Bangalore. Recently, she started writing Articles on Dance and also doing administrative work around Art and culture, such a consulting with Shoonya Centre for Art and Somatic Practices. Diya Naidu has now been invited to Switzerland to work on a collaborative project. Diya studied ISTD jazz, classical ballet, choreography techniques, Kathak and physical theatre before graduating from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2007.