Born in India and raised in Paris, Shantala is a child of the East and West. She grew up in a world filled with dance and music, initiated at a young age by her mother, acclaimed dancer Savitry Nair. Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam’s pure and graceful tradition, Shantala dedicated herself to the Kuchipudi style (first introduced outside India by Indrani. Since the age of thirteen she has worked with some of the greatest artists of our time, including choreographers Maurice Béjart and Pina Bausch, and director Peter Brook. She made her Pillow debut in 2008, performing not only her own full-evening work, but also participating in David Michalek’s Slow Dancing project. She returned in 2010 with the entirely new full-evening Shiva Ganga.