Kavya Iyer Ramalingam

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Kavya Iyer Ramalingam, Akademi’s Programmes Coordinator. Photo: Antareepa Thakur

Programmes Coordinator

Originally from

Kolkata, India


Dance Anthropology + Economics + International Development + Yoga + Bharatanatyam.

Professional journey

I have dabbled in several things that I am passionate about! After completing two master’s degrees, I became a research manager for an arts consultancy in India where I worked with festivals, museums, and other arts enterprises. After moving to Oxford in 2023, I have been working with organisations in the UK culture sector managing projects and curating events. Alongside, I have also been developing my portfolio as a freelance dance artist, choreographing, and performing works rooted in Indian classical dance while also engaging with contemporary themes and wider audiences.

Role at Akademi

Keeping all stakeholders (clients, funders, artists, and participants) happy and making sure our programmes thrive and grow.

When not at work

You will find me on long walks, travelling, solving crosswords, or doing yoga!

A book or song that you’ll take to a desert island

An Amitav Ghosh, Khaled Hosseini or Perumal Murugan book and a collection of old Bollywood songs or Anoushka Shankar



Works on

Monday to Friday (10am to 6pm)

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