I am AARTI NAROTAM

About Aarti

“The stage – a mystical place for recreation of a once reality. To communicate, to educate, to entertain, these – I believe – are my paths to share the truths of stories not told, tales hidden by societies and the re-creation of the magic of times gone by. With a passion to share these stories, I write and perform in an attempt to add one more perspective to ancient mysticism of our existence before and on this earth. Truth and perspective are subjective, to be able to share mine on the stage with you, is an added chance to cleaning one more dusty surface of the many chasms of this diamond called existence.”

Having studied western and eastern theatre styles, it is her passion to merge and shift moulds between these two contrasting theatre styles. Having vast performance experience throughout South Africa, as well as in Mauritius and Busan,South Korea. Aarti wishes to share her work in an attempt to expose her unique perspectives.

Qualifications

  • PhD Candidate (currently completing) – Rhodes University
  • MA (Masters Degree) in Drama (Coursework & Thesis) – Rhodes University, 2019
  • RYS 200 Yoga Alliance – Yoga Teacher Training 200 hours (Kaizen Korea) – December 2021
  • Tai Chi 2 Dan Black belt – Korea TaijiQuan Federation (Affiliation: Korea Wushu Association) – December 2021
  • Degree in BComm, Law 2008 (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).
  • Diploma in Performing Arts 2012 (Stageworld Theatre School)
  • Grade8 in Performance Arts 2010 (Trinity College of London) Distinction
  • Associate Level Diploma in Performing Arts 2011 (Trinity College of London)
  • Diploma in Bharata Natyam 2003 (Indian Classical Dance – Geetanjali Academy of the Arts)
  • Diploma in Reiki Touch Healing 2009
  • Diploma in Self Development 2005
  • Licentiate in Performing Arts 2015 (Trinity College of London)
  • TEFL in class 120 hour course – Bay Language Institute (January 2017)
  • Currently completing Masters Degree in Arts – Drama Department (Rhodes University)

As an Educator

“I believe as Mandela did in the power of education as a tool to change the world.”
Currently teaching English at a public elementary school in South Korea.
Lectured at Stageworld Theatre School – History of Theatre 1 & 2, Theory of Drama 1, Textual Analysis 1.
Lectured in the Live Performance stream at AFDA Film School, Port Elizabeth.
Research & Development for the setting up of a dance course at the Nelson Mandela University.
Taught English online for a company called TutorABC.
Taught Indian Dance at Natyakshetram Temple of Dance.
Drama Classes at Malabar Educare Centre.
Drama Classes at SOS Children’s Village, Schauderville.
Private Home School tutor for Brainline IEB Syllabus.

As an Artist

“Art i’s soul…”
  • Heritage Day Celebration – 1999 at Kendra Hall, Durban
  • Performed for former president Mr. Nelson Mandela at Mayoral Inauguration – 2000 at Vista University, PE
  • Opening of Tsitsikama Conference Centre – 2000 at The Boardwalk, PE
  • Opening of the Metro Council – 2001 at Feather Market Hall, PE
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs : fusion production collaborating Indian Dance with Ballet (Toynbee Ballet School) – 2001 at PE Opera House
  • Miss Diwali Pageant Finalist – 2002 at The Boardwalk Tsitsikama Conference Centre
  • Featured on Tapestries, SABC 1 – 2003
  • 10 year celebration of democracy – 2004 at Feather Market Hall
  • Featured on Morning Live, SABC 2 – 2004
  • Dance Recital with Verushka Pather – 2004 at PE Opera House
  • Tsunami Fundraising Concert – 2005 at PE Opera House
  • Splash Festival – 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017 at the PE Beachfront
  • Lotus FM Launch in PE – 2006 at The Boardwalk Tsitsikama Conference Centre PE
  • Heritage Day Celebration with Ela Ghandi – 2006 at PE South End Museum
  • PE Harbour Festival – 2001 to 2004 at PE Harbour
  • PE Dance Festival – 1999 to 2007 at PE Opera House
  • Grahamstown Eisteddfod – 2002 to 2005 at Grahamstown Settlers Monument
  • Contestant of Nelson Mandela Bay’s Next Top Dancer – 2007 at PE Boardwalk
  • Port Elizabeth 2010 FIFA Opening of Soccer Stadium (Televised – SABC 1)
  • Morning Live, SABC 2–2010 (150 year celebration of Indians in SA at NMMU)
  • Happy Valley PE – Welcome of FIFA delegates and press conference 2010
  • Performed at VWSA for the launch of the Polo Vivo – Uitenhage 2010
  • Bay Film Festival – played the role of Susan in “Nico”, a short film 2010
  • Swami Tyagaraja Festival – Durban 2011
  • Krishna Leela – Indian Classical Dance Production – 2011 PE Opera House and Durban Sabaya Theatre
  • 100 year celebration of ANC – Alicedale (2011) and Bloemfontein (2012) for current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma as part of Eastern Cape Dance Ensemble
  • “Medea 2012” (Played the role of Doctor) – PE Opera House August 2012
  • “FairyLand Express” (Played the role of Belle) – PE Opera House May 2012
  • “Divine Intervention” (Director, choreographer, scripter, producer, performer) The Barn, PE Opera House July 2012. A dance drama.
  • “Staying Alive” – Stage Manager– The Barn, PE Opera House, August 2012.
  • Mamela Arts Festival – PE Opera House December 2012
  • AFCON Entertainment – PE Opera House, The Barn January 2013
  • State of the Province Address – EC Provincial Legislature, Bisho February 2013
  • “Surya” @ India Day (Scripter, Director, Choreographer, Producer, performer) – Brightwater Commons, Johannesburg 17 August 2013. A one-act play.
  • “Devadasi” (Director, Scriptwriter, Choreographer, Producer, Performer) The Barn, PE Opera House, Arts Theatre East London, Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, Mauritius April, July 2013, Johannesburg WITS Theatre, Ladysmith SDS Hall September 2013, Mthatha Ikwezi Lokuza Hall November 2013, Lenasia Hare Krishna Festival December 2013, Joseph Stone Auditorium, Cape Town March 2014, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, July 2014.
  • Appeared on BAY TV, Radio Lotus, Radio 2000, and Lenz FM – In promotion of Devadasi tour September 2013.
  • SATMA Awards (South African Traditional Music Appreciation Awards) – East London, October 2013. Also televised on SABC 1.
  • August 2014 – Honoured Guest at NMMU Reflections Alumni Event, Port Elizabeth
  • “Shri Rama – The Historical” (Director, Scripter, producer, performer) featured on “Sadhana – The Inward Path” SABC 3 – 18 October 2014
  • “Hotel Songololo” season 1 ep 4 –featured on channel Ekasi +, OVHD – 5 Nov 2014
  • “Bhakti” – A devotional dance drama – Resident at Playhouse Theatre, Durban –  November 2014 and May 2015. Featured on Sadhana SABC 3 and Mela SABC 2.
  • Hare Krishna Festival – Lenasia, Johannesburg – December 2014.
  • “Tribute to Ben Fihla” – December 2014, PE Opera House.
  • “Devadasi-The Prequel” iPhulo Arts Festival, PE Opera House, March 2015.
  • Human Rights Day Celebrations – Rosedale Stadium, Uitenhage, March 2015.
  • Northern Arts Festival Dance Extravaganza – March 2015
  • “Inde Le Ndlela” – played Stella at Grahamstown National Arts Festival, July 2015
  • “Kahlil on Love” (Director, Writer, Producer, Performer, Choreographer) Lenasia Soccer Stadium, JHB 5 December 2015, Missionvale Campus, NMMU Reconciliation Day Celebrations Dec 2015, East London Guild Theatre Dec 2016
  • “Who are you?” Dramaturg – Grahamstown NAF 2017

 

As Humanitarian

“Give and you shall receive…”
Miss Nelson Mandela Bay 2018
Miss Port Elizabeth 1st Princess 2016.

Diversity

Let’s work together to create a unified human race.

Respect

Reverence for our fellow human being is a quality of the divine within.

Transparency

Inspired action comes from the soul and authenticity can be felt even from other galaxies.

Integrity

It’s free, give it to yourself.

PRODUCTIONS

Are you time’s slave?

As I sit down to write this – I wonder where so much time has gone… I try not to set stringent deadlines for myself as these inadvertently create stress and personal pressure even though deadlines are set with positive intentions. To do lists are a part of my daily planning, yet weeks might go…

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Will lifestyle ever rule the world?

As a new blogger, South African Indian, English teacher in Korea, recently completed my Masters Degree, performing artist, single-ton; I often find myself asking self-reflective questions – such as “What are you actually even doing?” “Where are you actually even going?” “Who are you?” And after attempting to answer, I ask, “Okay – but who…

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Devadasi

This production was written, produced, choreographed and performed by Aarti. This production takes a look at the life of a Devadasi named Deva. With English spoken dialogue, dance and music, this production shows us a glimpse into the life of Deva

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