IOV – the Board of Directors

IOV –  the Board of Directors
Board of Directors (BD): 19 voting members + financial adviser + honorary president Executive Committee 
1 GA-20161112  President  Ali Khalifa 
2 GA-20161112  Vice-President  Hans Holz 
3 GA-20161112  Vice-President  Emma Chen 
4 EC-20171223  Secretary-General  Fabrizio Cattaneo 
5 GA-20161112  Treasurer  Henk Huijser 
EC-20170107  As adviser of the Financial Support Commission  Abdulla Saleh 
Commission chairs 
7 EC-20161121  Festivals & Practices Com.  Geert Nijhof 
8 EC-20161121  Science & Research & Financial Support Commis.  Mohammed El Nouri 
9 EC-20161121  Communication & Publications Commission  Dr. Nour Badis 
10 EC-20161121  Special Projects Comm.  Parul Shah 
11 EC-20170107  Youth Commission  Luba Pirgova-Morgan
1 Older meritorious person 
12 EC-20161121  Dr. Ahmed Morsi 
Regional Exec. Directors 
13 EC-20161121  Africa  Dr. Mohamed Joudat 
15 BD- 20171106 Asia  Dunguu Munkhnasan
16 EC-20171124   Europe  Javier Rodrigo Ilarri
18 EC-20170107 (1)  Middle East & N.-Africa  Abdulaziz A. Al Musallam 
14 BD-20180328 America Antonio Clerton Vieira da Silva
19 EC-20161207  Yury Guryanov 
20 GA-20161112  Honorary President, as added member  Carmen Padilla 

CHAIR Special Projects Commission



DATE OF BIRTH: 11 February 1952

ADDRESS: 13, Chetan Society, Akota, Baroda-390020, (Gujarat) INDIA.

PHONE: (R) 91-265-2314083   (M) +91 9825315178               



  • B.Sc. (Physics), L L B (general)
  • L L B (Sp. Taxation)
  • Ph. D., M. Mus., B. Mus., PG Dip (Nattuvangam), Diploma
  • (All in Dance)
  • Special training in Movement Analysis, Dance Therapy                                                      

PRESENT POSITION:                                        

  • Performing Arts Dance                                        
  • Former DEAN and  HEAD
  • Department of Dance,                                                                                            
  • Faculty of Performing Arts,
  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda,
  • Vadodara 390001 (Gujarat)
  •  India.


Prof. Dr. Smt Parul Shah is one of the rare combinations of Performing artiste, Cross-cultural Choreographer, Bharatanatyam Guru, Dance Educator, Scholar, Researcher, Arts Administrator and highly motivated human being. She got appointed as the Professor in  Dance in 1993, at the young age of 41 and became the Head of the Department of Dance and the Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Prof Shah is selected by the Chairman UGC and awarded the prestigious MHRD project of creating E PG Content for the E PG PATHASHALA in Performing Arts (Dance/Drama/Theatre) in April 2014. She was the first Principal Investigator of all subjects to complete the project in record time in October 2016. In July 2016, she is invited by MHRD-UGC to create MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in Performing Arts.  She is perhaps the first in Performing Arts of India to receive the “Choreomundus  Heritage Master Fellowship” as the visiting scholar of the Erasmus Mundus of the European Union International Master in Dance knowledge, Practice and Heritage.  She was the Fellow at the University of Roehampton, London for 3 weeks in March 2014. Since 2013, she is working on the Major Research Project of the UGC on “The changing dynamics of the Classical dance of India with respect to Bharatanatyam”  She was awarded the Senior Fulbright Fellowship in 1992-93 for pioneering work in Movement Analysis-Notation in Indian classical dance. Along with Laban Movement Analysis, she got trained in the application of the same as therapy. She is the recipient of Senior Artiste Fellowship of the Department of Culture Ministry of HRD for Movement Analysis of stylistic differences of the Four Schools of Bharatanatyam, 1994-96. The interest in research started in 1977-84, with Ph. D in “The Rasa Dance of Gujarat, a critical survey” with UGC Junior and Senior Fellowships.

Beginning in 1972 at Delhi Rastrapati Bhavan, Dr. Shah’s performing career has grown

with depth, each performance bringing out the true love of dance. She is sensitive, truthful and lively performer. The active dance career (Classical, Folk, Contemporary, Creative) of more than 40 years, has taken her to near and far lands (USA, UK, Italy, Greece, France, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Denmark, Shri Lanka, Egypt etc.)  performing, teaching, lecturing, collaborating, learning, sharing in the top institutions and with most creative innovative individuals such as Phillip Zarrili, Pegy Mue Choy, Jin-wen Yu, Louise Tchabushnig, Janet Lilly, Buff Brennan and in India Prof Sitanshu Yasheshchandra, Padmashree Geeta Chandran, Prof Deepak Kannal, Prof Ranjana Harish,  Dr. Arshia Shethi, to name a few. She is a regular visiting Professor in the Dance Program at the University of Wisconsin USA.  She was invited to lecture and has conducted workshops at University of California, UCLA, Skidmore College, Univ. of Arizona, Ohio State University, EWAH Univ at South Korea, Ayutthaya Rajbhat University, Thailand, Banaras Hindu University, Ravindrabharati University, IGNCA and many such educational cultural institutions. Her research papers are presented at reputed International conferences of CORD, JADE, WDA, CID, IGNCA and such. She is active member of various professional organizations such as ABHAI,   IMACO, Shruti, CORD, WDA, CID.  Since 2012, Prof Shah is the India President of International Folk Art Organization, IOVA a UNESCO body.

Her major dance  productions are Rajyalaksmi, Buddha Tattva,  Dipta Kailash, Kanya Viday,  Abhishap,  Chetana, Shri Chandramaulishwar Kuravanji, Shri Antaryami, Nirguna,  Abhishap, Kavi-Kavita-Gujarat, Random Graces and many creative items in solo and group formats.  Most of them are women centric. Her main focus is expanding the horizons of Bharatanatyam, so that the strength of the classicism enriches the coming generations. In July 2017, she taught Garba in Derbyshire UK to the professional Modern Dancers for the 70 years celebration of India-Britain relations.  She was invited by the M P Government Cultural and Tourism Department to curate the Exhibition NEPATHYA as part of the world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival in February 2018.

New interpretations to the myths, sensibility and imaginary to traditional lyrics, new choreography with regional languages and popular music goner are her forte.  

She became very popular with the chorography of all dances of 1st Ramayana of Ramanand Sagar. She is equally versatile in the Classical, Folk, Contemporary and Creative dance.  Her disciples are not only in Baroda and India but also in USA, Italy, Singapore, Canada etc. Prof. Shah is the recipient of Mahakal Sangit Ratna, Gujarat Rajya Gaurav Purasker, Rotary International award and many grants and fellowships. Her administrative strength is much valued and has earned her great respect of hard working task master. She has continued to organise many events. She is the Curator of  Nritya Parva, from 2008, an annual national and International dance festival, which she started in 1981 in memory of her late Guru.  Move India Move for Change in 2013 was a specially designed event for the national cultural enclave for all India Universities. She has chaired and is member of many academic and cultural committees on local, state and national and international level. She is well versed in handling an active performing career, running successfully her repertory company Anjali Memorial Committee, intense research as well as guiding the doctoral scholars and being a warm, intense woman!


Antonio Clerton Vieira da Silva

Artistic Name:  Clerton Vieira

D.R.T / SP :       208.48 - Dancer artist

Address:            Martins Fontes' street - 164 - apt: 101

Neighborhood: Centro - São Paulo - SP.

CEP:                   01050-000

Contacts:          +55 -11 98539-2315



Professor and folklorist Clerton Vieira was born in the city of Fortaleza state of Ceará and resides in the city of São Paulo - Brazil since 2001.

- Graduated in Hospitality and Events by UNIESP and Post Graduated in Psychopedagogy by UNIFAI.

He was Vice-President and National Secretary of IOV-BRAZIL, International Organization of Folklore and Popular Arts (2010/2012).

- He was president of the Festival Committee CIOFF Brazil - International Council of Folklore and Traditional Arts Festivals.

- Coordinated. He directed groups of folk dances in São Paulo, among them the Grupo Raízes da ACM - Christian Association of Young Men.

- Former dancer of the Group of Tradições Cearenses. (Folkloric Ballet)

- In 2005 he was awarded among the twenty best choreographers in the city of São Paulo. through ENDA - National Encounter of Dance and SINDDANCE - Syndicate of Dance.

- Coordinated the Folkloric Ballet Filhos do Sol in Fortaleza / Ceará (1994 to 2001)



Javier Rodrigo Ilarri
Tfno: +34 963877610
Fax:  +34 963877618

Departamento de Ingeniería Hidráulica y Medio Ambiente
ETSI Caminos canales y Puertos
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Camino de Vera s/n 46022
Valencia (Spain)

Javier Rodrigo Ilarri was born in Valencia. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and works as full-time professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is an active member of IOV since 2009. Between 1984-1991 he studied music and piano at the Conservatory of Music of Valencia. Since then his cultural activities have been mainly related to choral music through the organization of many events and cooperations between groups from different countries. On 1990-1998 he was a member of the Sant-Yago University Choir of Valencia, being its President between 1992-1998. During this period he organized concerts in many countries around the world (Argentina and Brazil (1990) - Russia (1991) - Canada (1992) - United Kingdom (1993) - China (1994) - South Africa (1995) - Australia and New Zealand ( 1996) - Brazil (1997) - Austria (1998)) these activities being always sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and the cultural authorities of the Valencian Community. He also organized visits to Spain of the corresponding groups (choirs and folk groups) of all these countries. Between 1995-2002 he was a member of the National Youth Choir of the Spanish National Choir Confederation (COACE) with whom he represented Spain at the EuropaCantat Festival held in Nevers (France) in 2002. In 2000, together with other members of the National Youth Choir founded the vocal group MATERSAULE. In 2001 he founded the Choir of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, being its President between 2004-2008. With this university choir he has organized exchanges with choirs from Spain (Madrid and Salamanca (2002), Italy (2004-2005), Austria (2005- 2006) and Poland (2007). He was co-organizer of the International Music Festival "Millenium Pace" that took place in Valencia in 2003. In 2004-2005 he was director of the Museums and Donations Area of the Vice-Rectorate of Culture of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In 2008-2009 he was a member of CAMERATA VOCALIS, chamber choir of the KarlEberhards Universität Tübingen with whom he participated in the International Choir Festival of Cork (Ireland) in April 2009. In 2003, he founded NEOVOCALIS, a chamber choir devoted to the study of contemporary vocal music. He has been active singer in this group since 2015.



Yury Guryanov

Was born in Moscow on eve of the 2nd World War. Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Culture and then worked about 15 years at the Extreme North of Russia (city of Magadan, Chukotka peninsula, region of Kolyma river) dealing with folk life of the indigenous small-in-number peoples (Chukchi, Eskimos, Evens, and others).  Received degree of Ph.D. Candidate in the Moscow Academy of Social Sciences.

After returning to Moscow in 1978 worked in the Russia Scientific-Research Institute of Culture as vice-director, director of the USSR Scientific-Methodological Center of Folk Arts, chairs of folk arts divisions in the USSR Ministry of Culture, specialist-in-chief of the Russia Ministry of Culture after destroy of the Soviet Union, leading specialist of the State Russian Folk Arts House, adviser of Director General in the State Republican Center of Russian Folklore.

 Repeatedly was lecturer in different International, Inter-Regional and National Conferences and Meetings related to the UNESCO Recommendation for preservation of folklore, Living Treasures of Mankind and Convention of the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.