Sitara Thobani first began dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Lata Pada in the Bharatnatyam tradition। She began her studies in the Odissi tradition under the esteemed Dr। Ratna Roy in 1997. Since then, Sitara has undertaken intensive training in India at the Nrityagram dance school as well as in the heart of the Odissi style in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Sitara has performed at many cultural and art events in Canada and the United States, including the International Odissi Conference in Washington D.C. in August, 2003.
She has also performed at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar-es-Salaam, the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania, as well as in Calcutta and Delhi। A recipient of a Canada Arts Council Grant for Emerging Dance Professionals, Sitara spent a month in Orissa studying both dance and Odissi percussion. In August 2005, Sitara completed her solo debut Rangapravesh performance in Vancouver. She is also a recent recipient of the Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute scholarship for further dance training in India, which she will commence later this year.
Sitara specializes in the mahari or women’s tradition of Odissi। She has been an ambassador of the dance performing in London, India and the US. Her style is intricate, energetic, statuesque and emotional.