Vanessa is Khyal Arts' cheerful and passionate projects leader who ethos is: Dance For All... if you have four limbs, and even if you don't, you can and should dance to enhance health and wellbeing.

Vanessa is enthralled by Indian Arts and culture and is a enthusiastic advocate of Khyal Arts’ work. Despite not being of Indian heritage, Vanessa is passionate about Indian Arts and Culture and is keen to promote the concepts of diversity and culture in the Waltham Forest community.

An artist in her own right, Vanessa also works as a choreographer and facilitator, and has performed extensively. Vanessa grew up in Walthamstow, and attended Walthamstow School for Girls...

...many years ago!




Archita is Khyal Arts' Kathak teacher, a dancer who has been performing Indian classical dance professionally for the past 16 years. 

As well as being a wonderful, supportive teacher, she has been featured in several of Akademi’s productions including Sufi-Zen, Bells, Daredevas, Ekatra.

Past performances have included the Mayor of London’s Olympic Cultural Festival, Commonwealth Games,  Baton Relay, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Trafalgar Square Festival, Pagrav Dance Company’s Baharan and TV appearances include India's Star TV.



Charlie Hare is Khyal Arts' resident musician who has, for over 20 years, trained in classical Indian music with the well-known Bengali musician Mahmood Rahman (Khyal Arts’ patron). 

Charlie is passionate about sharing Indian classical dance and has travelled to Bangladesh and performed on Bangladeshi television. He also plays Indian instruments Harmonium and Tabla.