Johar is a Bharatanatyam exponent and a choreographer, whose
work is unique in that it freely traverses between the traditional
and the avant-garde. Trained in Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra,
Chennai and with Leela Samson at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala
Kendra, New Delhi, he also studied at the Department of Performance
Studies, New York University. With performances at prestigious
venues all over the world and several successful international
collaborations to his name, Johar is today recognized as a cutting
edge performer whose work is sensitive, compelling, evocative
and layered. He has worked with prominent dance companies, choreographers
and directors including Bill T. Jones, Chandralekha, Leela Samson,
Peter Sparling, Yoshiko Chuma, Justin McCarthy, Janet Lilly,
Keith Khan, Muzaffar Ali; composers Stephen Rush and Shubha
Mudgal; and has acted in films by Deepa Mehta and Sabiha Sumar.
A recipient of the Times of India Fellowship, 1995, and the
Charles Wallace Fellowship, 1999, Johar was the performance
director of the Commonwealth Parade, for the Queen's Golden
Jubilee Celebrations, at London, in June 2002.
long time practitioner and teacher of yoga, Johar trained at
the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai. He is artistic director
of Studio Abhyas, a non-profit organization dedicated to dance,
yoga, humane urban design and the care of stray animals
born in Japan. After completing his bachelor of law degree from
Hosei University in Tokyo, he moved to Canada to study dance.
He was a student in the Performance Training Program at Main
Dance in Vancouver, B.C. in 1995/1996, and a scholarship student
of the Merce Cunningham Studio in Manhattan, N.Y. in 1998/2000.
He is a co-founder and collective member of Green Tea-a collective
of Japanese dancers in Toronto. He is also a collective member
of 3M Dances. His choreographies have been seen at fFIDA, Harbourfront
Centre, Kinetic Cohesion Provincial Dance Festival, Red, SooRyu
Dance Festival, The Studio, 8:08 Series as well as in the productions
of Green Tea and 3M Dances in Toronto, Studio 303 in Montreal,
The Sol Goldman YM-YWHA Educational Alliance in N.Y., He co-created
and co-performed a new duet "Hitotsubatago"- in collaboration
with Segawa Takako and they toured Japan in July 2007 including
Tokyo city. As a dancer, he has worked professionally in diverse
styles and with numerous choreographers in Toronto and N.Y.
He is a company member and rehearsal director of inDANCE/Hari