Director - Mira Kaushik OBE
Born in Belgrade (former Yugoslavia), Mira was educated at the University of Delhi, India and moved to London in 1982.
With a background in literature, film, theatre and television, her professional experience includes TV and audience research for the BBC, translation, broadcasting, working with the Asian Women's Voluntary Organisation and coordinating the Festival of India at the Commonwealth Institute.
Since her appointment in 1987 as Director of Akademi (formerly known as the Academy of Indian Dance), the organisation has excelled as a strategic arts development body of global importance through its work with audiences reaching millions.
Recent key achievements include the BA Honours course at the Contemporary Dance Trust, the production of site specific shows: Coming of Age and Escapade at the South Bank Centre, Waterscapes at Somerset House, Sapnay, Awaz/Voice, Dreaming Now and Bells at Trafalgar Square and more recently Sufi:Zen, which toured the United Kingdom in 2010.
In 2007 she was awarded an Honorary Order of the British Empire for services to dance.