Being a Curator of Colour

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Nithya Nagarajan

For Nithya Nagarajan race still influences who gets to be part of the conversation in the arts, and she thinks that diversity is becoming a polluted word.

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Nithya Nagarajan believes in working communities as much as institutions. Photo by Waseem F Ahmed

About the author

Training and performance in the Indian neo-classical dance form of Bharatanatyam led to a career in the arts where Nithya has a decade of experience as a performance maker, researcher, curator and producer. Nithya has held various administrative roles within the Victorian festival circuit at Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Music Week. Most recently, Nithya completed a 2-year stint at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Melbourne where she served as Manager-Community and Participation. As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Nithya has also served on advisory panels for Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Theatre Network Australia. 

 

Nithya moved to Australia from the UK to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Dr Will Peterson, which she completed from Flinders University in 2017. She considers this one of the best decisions she has ever made. Her thesis titled ‘Beyond Bharatanatyam: Re-visions, Ruptures and Resistance in the Feminist Choreographies of Anita Ratnam and Mallika Sarabhai’ won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. She is also an alumni of both the Provocateurs Program at Malthouse Theatre and the Emerging Cultural Leaders Program at Footscray Community Arts Centre. She has facilitated workshops, hosted panels and presented lectures for various universities, venues and festivals in India, the UK and Australia. 

 

Most recently, Nithya has been appointed to the role of International Market Adviser - South/East Asia at the Australia Council for the Arts.