Lowen has dedicated her life to presenting and promoting
excellence in Indian performing arts. Sharon is hailed today as one of the leading
international performing artists of three forms of Indian dance:
This is a remarkable achievement for an artist from the U.S.A. who first arrived in India in 1973 after
acquiring her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Humanities, Fine Arts, Asian Studies and Dance from the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar to continue her studies of Manipuri and learn Odissi and Chhau. Sharon has made her home in India to dedicate herself to her work as an artist and to promote education in the arts.
A scholar, teacher and performing artist, Sharon has been trained since 1975 in Odissi by the doyen of the art,
Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra; in Manipuri by
from 1969 through 1971 and from 1973 by
Guru Singhajit Singh
in Delhi and
Thangjam Chaoba Singh
Manipur; in Mayurbhanj Chhau by
Late Guru Krishna Chandra Naik
and in Seraikella Chhau by
Guru Kedarnath Sahoo.
the first woman soloist of a previously all-male form,
responsible for introducing Mayurbhanj Chhau to the
United States at the 1978 Asian Dance Festival in Hawaii and later at the
Olympic Arts Festival of Masks in Los Angeles and
is singularly responsible for getting Chhau presented on Doordarshan' s National
also choreographed and performed Odissi dance in Telegu, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil,
Hindi as well as Sanskrit and Oriya for performances
and festivals around India, Doordarshan National Indian
Television, and internationally .