Biography

Svetlana Tulasi, born on 30 August 1991, is an Indian Classical & Bollywood dancer, choreographer, actress and model from Moscow, Russia. Svetlana is of mixed ethnical origin: her father was a Telugu businessman from Hyderabad, India, and her mom is a Russian, from Moscow. 

Svetlana is a trained Kathak dancer, she learned the dance from a Russian woman named Ekaterina Selivyorstova, disciple of one of the most prominent Kathak Gurus – Smt. Urmila Nagar of Kathak Kendra University (Delhi, India). Svetlana’s Guru ji came back to Russia after graduating from Kathak Kendra University in late 90’s and continues teaching Kathak dance to her students till today. Svetlana is her senior disciple. 

Since the age of 10 Svetlana was learning Kathak thanks to the efforts of her parents. When she was 13, her father suddenly passed away, and Svetlana remained dancing and promoting Indian Classical Dance and Indian culture in the memory of her father. She now has become a professional Kathak dancer with a Bollywood-type appearance, being one of the most popular artists of Indian Dance both offline – in Russia and CIS, and online – on Youtube. Her videos from Ukraine’s Got Talent TV show where she danced in a traditional Kathak dance style gained millions of views and hundreds of comments from different people across the world. 

Svetlana’s dream is to encourage as many people of Indian origin as possible to remember their roots and contribute to their nation’s rich culture through Indian Classical Dance instead of following the western culture imposed by the mass media.

Selected Performances

Dancing

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Acting

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Choreography

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Dancing

Education:

Svetlana holds a Bachelor’s degree (Sangeet Prabhakar degree) in performing arts, specializing in Kathak dance, from Prayag Sangeet Samiti University of Indian Classical Music and Dance (Allahabad, India).

Dancing experience since 2002:

Svetlana’s strongest dance style is Indian Classical Dance – Kathak, and Bollywood.

Apart of that Svetlana performs a lot of Semi-Classical dances (including Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi elements), Indian folk and fusion.

Guru ji: Ekaterina Selivyorstova (Russian alumni at Kathak Kendra University in Delhi, India. Disciple of Urmila Nagar ji, Jaipur gharana)

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Choreography

– So You Think You Can Dance – Ukraine season 9 (2016, choreographer) – Bollywood/Kathak styles, video coming soon
– So You Think You Can Dance – Russia season 3 (2016, choreographer) – Bhangra – Punjabi dance, video coming soon

China intensive dance workshop, beginners level (2015, teacher & choreographer) – «Deewani Mastani» from «Bajirao Mastani»
“I Сan Do That” TV show – Russia (2014, choreographer) – teaching Indian classical choreography to Russian celebrity Katya Skulkina – “Maar Daala” song from «Devdas»

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Acting

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Svetlana’s acting career in Bollywood film industry started in 2015. She has played a supporting role of Hindu goddess Sita in Imtiaz Ali’s Hindi film “Tamasha” starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The film met positive reviews from audience and turned out to be a commercial success.

Tamasha official trailer

Imtiaz Ali is one of the most successful Bollywood film directors of nowadays. He is known for his box office success and positive critical acclaim films like “Jab We Met”, “Love Aaj Kal”, “Rockstar”, “Highway”.

Achievements

Miss Bollywood Dance Star

Svetlana Tulasi has won numerous dance competitions, performed in front of Presidents of different countries, was seen in most popular TV shows nowadays, has performed a highly successful concert tour across Russia and won an international beauty contest, and this is the brief list of her most notable achievements:

    • Ukraine’s Got Talent-5 – Semi-Finalist
    • SYTYCD Ukraine-8 – TOP 100
    • SYTYCD Russia-1 – TOP 100
    • Dance Russia Dance-1 – TOP 200
    • Dance India Dance-5 on Zee TV – TOP 60
    • Dance+ on Star Plus TV – TOP 60 
    • India’s Digital Superstar (2015) – TOP 12 
    • 1st place crown at a Beauty & Talent Competition across Russia & CIS – Miss Bollywood Dance Star (2013)
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Contact

svetlanatulasi.business@gmail.com