was born in 1957 in Kyoto, Japan to an Indian father and a Japanese mother.
Her mother founded the VasantaMala Indian Dance Institute and was the first Japanese woman
to introduce Indian dance into Japan.
Her father was a professor of English at the
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and was also the founder and director of the Gandhi Institute in Kyoto.
SHAKTI ‚‡rew up with not only the rich cultural heritage of Japan but of India as well.
She studied yoga with her father and dance with her mother and with the foremost gurus of India.
While earning an M.A. in Indian Philosophy at Columbia University in New York City, SHAKTI studied
modern dance with Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and jazz dance with Luigi.
Upon returning to Japan, SHAKTI developed a unique hybrid form of dance blending an array of Eastern dance traditions and yoga with Western jazz and contemporary rock resulting in an
exotic, erotic, and shocking effect.
She has been performing worldwide to great critical acclaim.
Her unique and mesmerising performances have touched and tantalised audiences everywhere.
She is called the "Dancing Phoenix" and the "Sculpture in Movement."
She is the coordinator of the Japan Experience which assists and manages Japanese artists abroad.
The Scotsman said "The greatest step for Asian Art in Edinburgh!"
SHAKTI is also the artistic director of The Garage International which is now one of the most prominent venues in various festivals such as Avignon and Adelaide Fringe.
Shakti is also the founder and artistic director of the Tokyo Fringe Festival and Kyoto Fringe Festival.
There are no borders no boundaries for this universal artist.