Artists-in-Residence

This program aims to foster emerging and established Bay Area artists in creating new works to premiere at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Past artists-in-residence include Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Philip Huang, Nitya Venkateswaran, Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL), Karmacy, Word & Violin, the Shaolin Buddhist Temple & Education Foundation, Vidya, Kyoungil Ong, Rina Mehta, Jay Loyola, Judith Kajiwara, and Seibi Lee.

Artist in Residence 2017

Naina Shastri, Ushanjali School of Dance  
Naina started learning dance at the age of 8 and gave her Arangetram in the year 1997. She has also completed the Vidwat(master’s level) in Bharatanatyam from the Karnataka Board of special exams and passed with distinction. She loves to Choreograph and experiment with different styles, music and mediums and has participated in many dance compitetions during her school and college days and won numerous awards and given many performances.

Naina is a Certified Examiner for the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board and has pariticipated in “Odissi and Manipuri” Workshops, “Mohiniattam” Workshops organized by Smt. Nandini Eshwar and exponent in the Tanjavur Style of Bharatanatyam. The workshop in Pandanallur style and Natuvangam was conducted by the Doyen of Pandanallur style of Dance,
Smt. Vasundhara Doreswamy and Smt. Uma Dandayudhapani Pillai.

Currently Naina is learning Kathak and Carnatic Vocal  from accomplised Bay Area artists and teachers.

Naina has a Masters Degree in Biotechnology from Mysore University and  a Diploma in Biotechnology from California State University at Hayward. After working in the Biotech Industry and Academia(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) for a few years, I had to give in to  my inner voice and decided to start teaching, performing and learning Dance once again!!