Gayatri Patel Bahl is an actress, dancer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.
Gayatri’s desire to live an inspired life has led her on an exhilarating journey through Bollywood as the lead of the Hindi Film "Let's Dance"; from founding BasicBranding, a branding company, to dancing with Sa Dance Company; and finally to co-founding Leblum, a Techstars NYC 16′ company.
Gayatri most recently acted in the Rearview Mirror, a TriBeCa All Access Project. She is currently wrapping up post production for a Tina, a short film written, directed and produced by her.
Performing for over 25 years, Gayatri has appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl and on Law & Order SVU, “Decaying Morality” as Jiya Alexander. Her critically acclaimed lead role in the Hindi Film “Let’s Dance” proved her versatility as a seamless actor and dancer, while her comedic guest star on the Yash Raj produced Rishta.com launched a series of comedic spots in “Just My Luck” and “Inevitable” where she occasionally reprises her non-existent Indian accent just for kicks and giggles.
As a dancer, Gayatri has had the privilege of training under and eventually being choreographed by Saroj Khan; training in contemporary and modern dance at Terrence Lewis’ studio; and finally training with Pandit Birju Maharaj’s direct disciple, Vijayshree Chaudhary. Gayatri credits Vijayshree Ji with teaching her the finer nuances of dance and rounding out her skills like no other guru could have done. In addition to being choreographed by Saroj Khan(Devdas), Gayatri has had the privilege of working with Longinus Fernandes (Slumdog Millionaire), and Rajeev Goswami. Her strengths as a dancer lie in her ability to not only be technically beautiful, but also expressive and engaging.
Gayatri has graced the stage of the world renowned Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre and NYC’s SummerStage and has been featured in Elle Magazine US, Times of India, Real Bollywood, Sa Dance Company, Filmfare Magazine and ETC Networks.