RICHA SHUKLA

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Richa Shukla is a South Asian-American actress, dancer and voice over artist in Los Angeles, CA. Some of her TV/Film credits include: 9-1-1 (FOX) , NCIS: LA (CBS), The Mindy Project (Hulu) and Sullivan & Son (TBS). She is trained in Indian Classical Dance (Kathak), Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk and other various styles of dance.


Richa grew up in Northern California in a family of engineers/doctors by day and musicians/performers by night. Her parents met in their college days in Berkeley, California when her father auditioned her mother to be the lead singer in his Bollywood cover band. Needless to say, Richa developed a passion for the arts at a very young age. Her family is orignally from India, and she is very passionate about her culture and heritage. At the age of 5, Richa began her training in Kathak (Indian Classical Dance) under her guru, Srimati Anuradha Nag (a disciple of the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj). Her love for dance and storytelling at a young age led her to do school plays and eventually minor in Dramatic Arts at U.C. Davis (with a major in Communications). She fell in love with acting and moved to Los Angeles as soon as she received her B.A. degree- and never turned back.

Richa strongly believes in the importance of inclusion and racial/gender equality in front of and behind the camera. She believes that when women and people of color are given the chance to tell their stories from an authentic perspective, true awareness, empathy and understanding can come about. Richa hopes to continue to be a part of projects that change the narrative of how South Asians have been viewed in the media throughout history, as well as to give a voice to the South Asian Diaspora.

Aside from her artistic career, Richa strongly believes in the power of yoga/meditation and is proud of her culture that promotes these ancient practices. She hopes that her work will always give her a platform to be a part of projects that heal and inspire others and future generations.

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Fun facts: In the last few years, Richa has has worked alongside many prolific actors in both Hollywood and the Indian film industry, including: Mindy Kaling & Ed Helms, Kunal Nayyar, Priyanka Chopra and Madhuri Dixit (Bollywood Filmfare Awards), LL Cool J (NCIS: LA), Ali Fazal (For Here or To Go?), Rajat Kapoor (X-Past is Present) and others. She was crowned Miss India Northern California and Miss India USA 1st Runner-Up while she was in college. As part of a unique and exciting show at Disneyland's California Adventures, Richa performed in over 100 shows during the seasonal "Festival of Holidays", representing her Indian culture.

 

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