Shane Shambhu along with his long term research collaborator at Regent’s University, Mark Hamilton have 

 unearthing new, powerful and diverse ways to create intense drama by expanding their research to include young and developing actors and dancers. 

raises the quality and performance abilities of artists and aids artists to discover individual creative voices that stem from the thinking and creative processes of the Indian Performing Arts.  The pedagogy, Navanatya is a unique pedagogical dance-theatre and actor-training model to develop artists' movement, character and theatre stemming from the foundations and principles of the Indian Performing Arts.  Navanatya translates as ‘New Drama’.  

Navanatya is ideal for participants wishing to transition into different genres and modes of creating and to develop different approaches to understanding characterisation, narrative structures, movement mechanics, physical theatre and performance skills with an emotional base and centre.

Aimed at professional performers and drama/dance students this trainingprovides participants with increased sensitivity to their performance skills and abilities in dance, movement, acting, mime, character development and devising.

Navanatya uses precise instructions that determine form, images that invite performers to become imaginatively involved, and intentions that develop dramatic relationships and identify characters. 

Navanatya training is currently offered as part of the B.A. World Performance course at East 15 Acting School.

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"It is an evolutionary descendant of what is traditional Indian dance, but it by no means is the same species."

"At the start I saw it as abstract dance form with a story but now I see it as character work".

"I would be inclined to say what we performed wasn't Indian dance, but what we learnt and the principles we applied were."

"The training is something more than simply a style derived from Indian dance.  It is a form of actor training, designed to widen an actor's storytelling abilities into a more physical, universal language."

"All in all this challenged me physically, pushed me mentally and broadened my knowledge culturally"

"The thing I found the most exciting about this practice overall was the sheer freedom afforded to us by not using labels."