Ms Shallu Jindal
Its 'amazing' if we can turn passion into real action ....instead of letting it lie incubating in our minds.
It is this philosophy that has enabled Ms Shallu Jindal fulfill her dreams
Our Chairperson is a multitalented, charismatic and accomplished personality of subtle substance and sophisticated style. She believes and excels in meaningful and wide ranging, 'direct to the deserving' social, charitable and welfare activity and is a philanthropist in her own right. She appreciates art, promotes culture and has worked relentlessly towards becoming arguably, one of the leading exponents of the great Indian classical dance of Kuchipudi who performs the Indian classical dance with rare distinction, immense artistry, brilliant intensity and a passion very profound and visible.
She was drawn to the dance from her early days and was initiated into Kuchipudi by her Gurus, Padma Bhushans Raja-Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, whom she encountered through a chance meeting, probably conspired by 'Providence' itself, at the lotus laden feet of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati. Ms Jindal is taking steps to popularize Kuchipudi in other parts of India. She is doing this by performing Kuchipudi to devotional songs (like Meera Bai bhajans) and music (sufi songs and poems in English also) as well as in the language of the region where she is performing. Her grace, beauty and riveting performances nationally & internationally over the years have held audiences spellbound.
She is also planning to start a Kuchipudi Foundation to popularize and spread the dance form in India as well as abroad. She has dedicated her life to contribute towards the Ennoblement of the Indian Classical Dance form Kuchipudi globally.
The Jindal Centre for Arts and Culture is a project close to her heart which is her next venture that will start soon in Delhi and Angul, Odisha. The Centre at Delhi will offer training and workshops in classical dance and other forms / genres of art, thereby helping in popularizing, creating awareness and preserving our rich heritage. The Angul academy, that will provide training in performing and creative arts to students, is a residential facility spread over 10 acres. The Centre will offer scholarships to underprivileged students so as to enable them to adopt classical arts as a career option.
She is the Director of Jindal Power Limited and Co-Chairperson of Jindal Steel and Power Foundation spearheading the CSR initiatives of the conglomerate, and the Vice President of the 'Flag Foundation of India'. She is also a member on Central Advisory Board on Culture, Government of India.
She has compiled books like Tiranga, My Life, My Words and Freedom. She is also an applauded author and has authored her first book for children titled "India: An Alphabet Ride", The book uses the alphabet to denote various aspects about India through detailed illustrations that blend India's rich history, architecture, diversity of food, customs and languages with our valued systems, lifestyles, and ways that we perceive ourselves.
As part of the delegation aimed at creating awareness for cancer, Mrs. Shallu Jindal successfully scaled one of the seven summits of the world in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. She has recently been honored with many awards too like the "Kalashree Samman" for Dance in MAY 2015 from Gandharv Kala Parishad , Bhubneshwar. "35 Women empowerment Award" in category of Dance from Bharat Nirman an NGO promoting Indian values ; 'Women Role Model Award - 2014' in category of Dance (Indian Classical Dance) ;th 'Art Karat Award for Excellence' Art Karat for remarkable contribution in field of Indian Classical Dance - Kuchipudi and many more....
Her motto in life : Whatever we do, our time on earth should be meaningful.