Hare Marked Moon
David Lascelles* with Geetha Upadhyaya*
* Indicates that the speaker will be participating at the Festival via Zoom
Born and raised in India, Geetha obtained her MBBS., MD (Medicine) and her Ph.D from Madras University and worked in India and Malaysia before joining the NHS, UK as a Consultant. She is a visiting Professor at the Leeds Beckett University.
She has a post graduate degreee (Vidvat) in classical Indian dance and music –Geetha has been teaching and performing Bharatanatyam over 30 years nationally and internationally in India, Sri Lanka, USA and UK.
Along with her husband Dr Shripati Upadhyaya, Geetha founded the internationally reputed Bradford based charity Kala Sangam, south Asian arts, culture and heritage company with its own arts centre.
Geetha is also the Director of Axxonet Global Ltd, UK, a medical focus based company, Sanjeevani Health Care Trust, India which supports young people with learning difficulties and Autism and Kashi Kalash, India which promotes the rich heritage of Varanasi and addresses social and community issues through creative activities. She is a Consultant for Anahat Foundation, India.
Geetha has been on many educational, artistic, health and cultural diversity boards and has received awards such as the OBE for her work in Cultural Diversity, Niramaya Award by Vibhuti Foundation, Champion for Cultural Harmony, Cultural diversity award and Doctorate of Letters (Bradford University) and Begum Rokeya award (Bangladesh) for Cultural Heritage and diversity. Geetha is committed to equality and race relations nationally.