Born in Chennai, India and now living in London, Shobana founded Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in 1988. She is acclaimed for her pioneering work in choreography. She deploys her South Asian roots to create work that is uniquely British. The dance itself is ground-breaking and contemporary in style but draws on many traditional forms and influences such as Ballet or Bharata Natyam, a centuries-old Asian classical dance form. This produces a language of movement with which people from all cultures can identify.
Shobana has received two Time Out Dance Awards, three Digital Dance awards, and her work Palimpsest was short listed for the Southbank Show Award. She was also a recipient of the London Music and Dance Award. Shobana was awarded an MBE in January 1995 for services to dance. She also holds an honorary MA from Surrey University and an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University, Leicester. In May 2008 she was named an Asian Woman of Achievement for her contribution to the arts in Britain.