Astad Deboo

Career Highlights

Recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for CREATIVE DANCE.

Invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. U.S.A.

Commissioned to choreograph a dance by Gallaudet University, Washington D.C. on the deaf dancers.

Works regularly with The ACTION PLAYERS, a group of Deaf Actors in Calcutta.

Invited to Perform in the Purush Festival, Bhopal, along side The Great Gurus of the Indian Classical Dance Styles.

Performed at the fiftieth anniversary of the American Dance Festival in Durham North Carolina, Spolet Festival, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Commissioned by Pierre Cardin to choreograph a dance for Maia Plissetskaia - prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Selected to compete in the International Choreographers Competition,Bangnolet, France.

Given command performance for the royal families of Japan and / Thailand.

Filmed by Channel Four of London for his innovative works.

Performed at the Great Wall of China.

Performed with Pink Floyd at the Chelsea Town Hall, London.

Broke with tradition when he was invited to perform at the Elephanta and Khajuraho Dance Festival. This was the first time that a contemporary dancer had been awarded this honor.

Besides working with the deaf in India and USA Astad has been invited to conduct workshops for the deaf in Mexico by the Mexican deaf theatre company Sena Y Verbo and also for the Hong Kong deaf theatre company. He has just collaborated with British composer Francis
Silkstone and singer Amella Cuni for the production of trying Orpheus which was premiered in Winchester on the 30th January 2002.

In 2000 Astad was invited by Danny Yung to create a work using one table two chairs. Astad was one of the 12 Asians performing artist commissioned to create this piece and then he went along to perform at the house of cultures in Berlin for the festival of visions.

Astad was also commissioned to create a work video circle performance in which there was a video created for the duration of 20 minutes and the dancer performed either outside the circle or inside. This work was premiered in Hong Kong and then later performed in Berlin. 

Astad after the USA tour will be in the International Dance Festival in Dusseldorf. 
For deaf way 11 he has created two new works with the deaf one titled 'Circle of Feelings' and the other is 'First Step.'

He is presently  working with the drummers of Manipur which will be performed in the Festival of India in Indonesia in October 2002.

If you would like to connect with Astad Deboo when he visits Washington DC. Please email:


Date: 16th July 2002
H Auditorium 
(808 H Street)
The World Bank
1919 Pennsylvania  Avenue
Washington DC.

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Astad Deboo will perform with The Action Players:
members of a deaf theater company in Kolkatta.
There will also be a talk at 11.30 am by Astad Deboo and Zarin Chaudhuri on.
"Working with artists with disability"
This event is Free and Open to all


If you would like to be a sponsor or contribute towards this event to support this group and their art please email or call Harriet Vidyasagar at  301-564-1882 

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