Isha Sharvani

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Isha Sharvani
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Isha Sharvani at red carpet of the Colors Golden Petal Awards (2012).
Born (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 (age 33)
Gujarat, India
Residence Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala
Nationality Indian
Occupation Indian Contemporary Dancer, Actress
Years active 2005–present

Isha Sharvani (born 29 September, 1984 in Gujarat, India) is an Indian Contemporary dancer and actress. She is known for her stylistic Indian contemporary and aerial dance performances. She has also starred in Bollywood, Malayalam and Tamil films.

Early life[edit]

Isha was born on 29 September, 1984 in Gujarat, India to an Australian musician father & a Gujarati artist mother. She lived in Ahmedabad, from where she moved to Delhi, Orissa, Vrindavan[1] and Bangalore, before settling down in Trivandrum.

Isha's parents founded an arts school called Academy for Art Research, Training and Innovation (AARTI) in Trivandrum, Kerala[2] where she lived for 13–14 years. At the age of thirteen, she began formal learning in dance from her mother Daksha Sheth at her dance school and learned Kalaripayattu, Kathak and Chhau dance as well as giving performances in twenty-two countries over last seven years.[3]

According to an interview with India Daily, Isha stated she "lived a different life poles apart from the film industry. For 11 years I have been training eight to 10 hours a day in a very disciplined atmosphere where there is no distinction between boys and girls. I was not supposed to cry over a clipped nail. Beyond stage even my wardrobe has mostly unisexual dresses, jeans and T-shirts". She is a trained Malkam dancer, a part of folk dance.[4]


Isha never gave acting in films much priority, until she was spotted by filmmaker Subhash Ghai who required someone with dancing skills to perform in his movie Kisna (2005). He offered her a main role in the film opposite Vivek Oberoi.[3] The film did not do well but her dance performances were appreciated. She was also the dancer opposite Hritik Roshan in the Parle Hide & Seek commercial, performing a much appreciated dance duet with Hrithik Roshan.

Since then she has continued her dance performances on stage, as well as signing for several movies which were released in 2006 and 2007. She appeared as a female lead in the Hindi comedy Darwaza Bandh Rakho in 2006.

She is currently the lead dancer in the Daksha Sheth Dance Company, and has performed in front of live audiences throughout the world, including Mumbai, London, Perth and Muscat.[5]

In 2012, Isha was a participant in the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5 which was aired on Colors TV and earned acclaim for her dance performances in the show.[6]

In 2013, she played the titular role as a housebreaker in the Malayalam short film Esha, a part of the anthology 5 Sundarikal.

In 2014, Sharvani played the lead role in the Malayalam film Iyobinte Pustakam, as an Anglo-Indian illegitimate child of a British landlord & an ethnic tribal Indian mother, achieving wide recognition for the role.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Lakshmi Hindi
2006 Darwaza Bandh Rakho Isha Taneja
2006 Rocky: The Rebel Neha Mathur
2007 Good Boy, Bad Boy Rashmi D. Awasthi
2008 U, Me aur Hum Natasha 'Nutty'
2009 Luck by Chance Nikki Walia
2012 Maattrraan Tamil Special appearance in song "Theeyae Theeyae"
2013 David Roma Hindi
2013 David Tamil
2013 5 Sundarikal Esha Malayalam Segment: Esha
2014 Iyobinte Pustakam Martha
2015 Double Barrel Sweety
2017 Qarib Qarib Singlle Hindi

Reality television[edit]

As contestant
Year Show Standing
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5
In the top 3
Withdrew due to injury
on 29 September 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swati R Chaudhary. "Isha Sharvani". GlamSham. Yahoo!. TNN. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Inspiring life". Spectrum. Sunday Tribune. 20 August 2000. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Isha Sharvani: Married to the God of dance : Bollywood News : ApunKaChoice.Com
  4. ^ "Subhash Ghai's new discovery Isha Sharvani - better than Madhuri and Ashwariya - ready for bold Bollywood". India Daily. 15 December 2004. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2006 – via 
  5. ^ "Daksha Sheth Dance Company". Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "Contestants List of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5". 16 June 2012. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

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