Chairperson and Founding Member
Indu has always had a keen interest in dance and music. Born in India , she grew up arraigning dance and drama programmes with kids in the neighbourhood. She comes from a family with keen interest in music, drama and dance and has won music and drama competitions at University level in India.
Indu came to the UK after marriage and inevitably got busy with raising her two sons and demanding career at BT.
After retiring from a long and successful career at senior management in BT, she set up her own consultancy in advertising blue chip companies in how to get value for money from advertising budgets.
In 1999, she decided to give up work and learn Hindustani classical music but as there was no provision in Swindon or in Wiltshire , she had to travel to the Bhavan in London.
Travelling to London was time consuming and expensive so she thought of starting the classes locally and was successful in getting grants from the local borough council and the Community Foundation of Swindon and Wiltshire. SAPAC could , then, offer classes locally in Hindustani Vocal and Tabla arranging teachers from the Bhavan to travel to Swindon.
Indu has worked tirelessly with other founding members , Chan Chitroda and Ram Thiagarajah to grow and keep SAPAC alive in the face of many social and financial challenges.
Applying for grants from the ACE to host events added another dimension to SAPAC’s offerings. Currently , SAPAC hosts events in diverse dance and music and supports independent teachers running Indian classical and modern dance and music.
The partnership approach has served SAPAC well over the years. These include local dance and creative organisations like Swindon Dance , Create and independent dance schools as well as local media eg BBC Wiltshire Radio, Swindon Community Radio and Swindon Advertiser, SAPAC is now well recognised as a diverse art organisation.
Indu’s current passion is to grow SAPAC in to a well recognised diverse art organisation beyond Swindon and Wiltshire.