Johar is a Bharatanatyam exponent and a choreographer,
whose work is unique in that it freely traverses between the traditional
and the avant-garde.
Performer : Trained in Bharatanatyam at Rukmini
Arundale's, Kalakshetra, at Chennai, and with Leela Samson at
the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, he later studied
at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University.
Johar has performed at prestigious venues all over the world and
has done extensive work with several prominent international companies
and choreographers, including The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co.,
The Chandralekha Group, Leela Samson's, Peter Sparling, Yoshiko
Chuma, Alan Lommasson, John Shack, Justin McCarthy, Janet Lilly,
Keith Khan, Muzaffar Ali, Anna Birch and the New York City Opera.
He has collaborated with composers Stephen Rush, Shubha Mudgal,
as well as installation artist Sheeba Chachi; and has also acted
in films by Deepa Mehta and Sabiha Sumar.
Choreographer: Johar is recognized as a cutting
edge choreographer whose work is sensitive, compelling, witty
and layered. His work includes solo and ensemble works. Apart
from classical Bharatanatyam it includes contemporary performance
pieces, street-theatre, performance-installations, site-specific
events, musicals and spectacles. A recipient of the Times of India
Fellowship, 1995, and the Charles Wallace Fellowship, 1999, Johar
was the performance director of the Commonwealth Parade, for the
Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations, at London, in June 2002.
Yoga Exponent: A long time student and practitioner
of yoga, Johar trained in Patanjali yoga at the Krishnamacharya
Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, under the guidance of Sri T.K.V . Desikachar.
A yoga teacher since 1985, Johar's approach is fluid and adaptable
as he freely merges asana, pranayama, visualization, mediation
and Vedic chanting.
In 2004, Johar started the Abhyas
Trust: a non profit organization dedicated to yoga, dance,
urban design and the care of stray animals. He divides his time
between the U.S.A. and India and is available for yoga and dance
workshops, performances, lectures, and choreography assignments.