Dr Geetha Upadhyaya to receive OBE for her service to South Asian Arts….reports Asian Lite News
Arts visionary Dr Geetha Upadhyaya, who co-founded the city’s Kala Sangam arts centre in Little Germany 20 years ago, has been honoured with the Order of the British Empire medal.
She and her husband, Dr Shripati Upadhyaya, a consultant psychologist at Bradford District Care Trust, began the charity in her home in 1996 and it soon expanded to its current base in St Peter’s House. Her vision was to create a pioneering centre, bringing all cultures together through the world of art.
“It is so nice to be recognised in this way. I feel Kala Sangam – which means ‘art’ and ‘bringing together’ – has created something wonderful and feel that art is the best way to to this,” said Dr Geetha Upadhyaya, a consultant in metabolic medicine. “I really wanted to make this a beacon centre and the response it has received from Bradford is wonderful.”
The centre has been a labour of love for Mrs Upadhyaya and has grown from a few dance classes to the only South Asian arts centre in the UK with its own dedicated performance space. Over the years the 200 artists working with the company have appeared on Songs of Praise and at the Houses of parliament and the Royal Albert Hall. Founded on 21 October 1993 by Dr Shripati Upadhyaya, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Dr Geetha Upadhyaya, a Consultant in Metabolic Medicine who also has a post-graduate degree in classical Indian dance/music and a certificate in Mindfulness.
In the Sanskrit language, Kala is art & Sangam is a meeting point. The mission of Kala Sangam is to ‘ deliver outstanding South Asian and intercultural arts in contemporary Britain and beyond’. The vision of the company is to ‘ be a dynamic intercultural arts organisation valued by communities, artists and audiences. Kala Sangam became a registered charity and limited company in 1996