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.
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)Read More...
- Ukraine’s Got Talent season 5 (2013, auditions) – Bollywood Mujra Kathak dance for «Jhoote Naina Bole», «Pyar Ke Rang» and «Kaahe Chhed Mohe» songs
- Ukraine’s Got Talent season 5 (2013, semi-final) – Semi-Classical performance on “Mere Dholna Sun” song from “Bhool Bhulaiyaa” film
- So You Think You Can Dance – Russia season 1 (2015): «Maar Daala» from «Devdas»
- So You Think You Can Dance – Russia season 1 (2015): «Nagada Nagada» from «Jab We Met»
- Jhumka Gira Re (Mera Saaya) by Svetlana Tulasi & Ridy Sheikh on Russian TV
- “I Сan Do That” TV show – Russia (2014) – guest performance with «Aplam Chaplam» classical retro bollywood song from movie «Azaad»
- “I Сan Do That” TV show – Russia (2014) – teaching Indian classical choreography to Russian celebrity Katya Skulkina – “Maar Daala” song from «Devdas»
– 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»
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.
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”.
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)
- Year of India in Russia-2009 – opening concert in Bolshoi Theater (supported by the former President of India Ms Pratibha Patil and former President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev)
- Sold-out concert tour across Russia (November-December 2014) with international Indian/flamenco fusion musical band «Indialucia»
- Kathak & Flamenco fusion – Svetlana Tulasi & Indialucia – Raag’n’Ole
- Kathak & Flamenco fusion – Svetlana Tulasi & Indialucia – Zambra
- Performance in front of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan Parliament’s at an official event in May 2014
- All-Russian Indian Dance Competition (2015) – judge of all nominations for Solo and Duet (Classical, Semi-classical, Bollywood)
- All-Russian Indian Dance Competition (2008-2014) – 1st place at Kathak, Bollywood Mujra, Folk, Bollywood Solo and Group nominations
- Diwali Mela Moscow (2008-2014) – 1st place at Kathak & Semi-Classical Solo nominations
- Holi Mela Moscow (2009-2014) – 1st place at Kathak & Semi-Classical Solo nominations
- «Bole Chudiyan» Ukrainian Indian Dance competition – 1st place at Kathak solo nomination
- Imtiaz Ali (Bollywood film director – «Jab We Met», «Love Aaj Kal», «Highway», «Rockstar», «Tamasha»)
- Bhoomi Trivedi (Bollywood singer – «Ram Chahe Leela»)
- Ukraine’s Got Talent review on Storypick.com
- Ukraine’s Got Talent review on BoringBreak.com
- Ukraine’s Got Talent review on Bhaskar.com
- Russian Svetlana Tulasi has devoted her life to Kathak on Vidhyalya.in
- Dream Girl from Moscow on SamiyeKrasiviye.rf
- Colourful Bollywood by Svetlana Tulasi on Dozado.com
- Kathak dance photos by Hyderabad Tamil Sangam
- Indo-Russian children pursue showbiz dreams on Russia & India Report