graduated in Bharata Natyam
, one of the most elegant and complicated forms of classical Indian dance. She is a well-known performer in Bangladeshi and Indian communities in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. Her dance programs have been shown on national television in Bangladesh and local TV stations in Chicago. Sultana has performed in numerous local Asian Festivals and international programs (such as the U.N. Festival) in many states as well as Ohio.
Classical dance is difficult to teach in one or two sessions. Instead, what Sultana does is to pick stories from various sources and demonstrates or narrates them through what she calls mudra
(hand and body gestures). It does two things: first, the audience not only listens to what she narrates, but they can also see the transformation of words into body language which is unique, fun, and interesting. Second, it encourages the audience to be more involved and curious about learning something new and exciting. Her sessions are mostly interactive, run roughly 50 to 60 minutes, and involve volunteers from the audience who at the end of the show are also able to describe the story with simple body movements. With colorful costumes, beautiful jewelry, and lilting music, Sultana presents the audience with an authentic flavor and charming experience of Southeast Asian cultural heritage.
Sultana runs a dance school and encourages children to learn dances -- any kind of dance -- because all types of dance help people to be disciplined, organized, and to maintain a good body and healthy mind.
Recent Feedback From Schools"Sultana's energy and enthusiasm was clear. The kids loved the active element (participating in dancing) and loved to see one of their teachers get dressed up in traditional clothing. Sultana was a great addition to our multicultural day at our school.