Richa Shukla is an actress, dancer and voice over artist in Los Angeles, CA. Some of her recent TV/Film credits include: NCIS: LA (CBS), The Mindy Project (Hulu), For Here or To Go? (Rucha Humnabadkar) and Sullivan & Son (TBS). As a dancer, she is trained in Indian Classical Dance (Kathak), Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk and other various styles.
Richa grew up in Northern California in a unique 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 artistic family originates from India, which Richa has strong ties to despite growing up in the west. Richa began her training in Kathak (Indian Classical Dance) under her guru, Srimati Anuradha Nag (a disciple of the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj) at the age of 5. Along with dancing, Richa grew up participating in school plays, and In 2006, she traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland where her high school play was put on stage at the prestigious Fringe Festival.
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 recently performed in over 100 shows during the seasonal "Festival of Holidays", representing her Indian culture.
Richa is a big advocate for racial and 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 authentic stories, film and TV can be a powerful tool to create true awareness and understanding. Being of South Asian descent, she hopes to be able to be a part of projects that change the perspective of how South Asians have been viewed throughout history, as well as to cast a light on the lives of the diaspora in the U.S. which have widely been ignored or distorted in film/TV. Aside from entertainment, Richa strongly believes in the importance of yoga/meditation as a daily practice. As an artist, Richa hopes her work will always serve as a platform for her to be a part of projects that promote unity, understanding and healing.
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