Over the past few years multi talented stellar born Carol R. Furtado has excelled as a dancer, actress, model and designer. Indian born, of Portugese descent Carol holds a degree in Sociology, yet she has always been drawn to Dance and feels much at home in the world of show business. Her big break in showbiz as a professional dancer presented itself when a budding choreagrapher spotted her at a local club.
Carol’s first major performance was at the MTV Launch in Bangalore (1996) where she performed alongside Slash of Guns & Roses. That year she performed with Shweta Shetty (one of India’s
top female pop performers) which resulted in her first international appearance in Nepal. The following year Carol was featured in the music video Bari Barsi with Baba Sehgal – the pioneer of rap music in India. She has since also featured in Sanjay Gupta’s video ‘Ke Bus’ with singer Alisha Chinoy and singer Shaan’s video ‘Loveology’
1997 brought Carol to the ICCR – the China Art Festival in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong-Kong and Chengdu. That same year Carol was privileged to perform with Stereo Nation during their tour of India. In 1999 she expanded her global experiences by touring Holland, U.S. and Canada with singer Kumar Sanu and Sri Lanka with Bavana. The year ended on a high as Carol partnered with Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar to perform at the South Filmfare Awards. She went on another massive dance tour to the U.S., Canada, West Indies and London with Asha Bhosle and Adnan Sami in 2002.
This was followed by a tour to the U.S. with India’s leading film-musician duo, Laxmikant- Pyarelal, performing with the likes of dandia queen Falguni Pathak, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Nitin Mukesh and Vinod Rathod.
Over the years Carol has performed alongside and shared the stage with several renowned performers, musicians & entertainers like AR Rehman, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, SB Balasubramanyam, Sukhvinder, Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Jaffrey, Chitra, Sadhna Sargham, Colonial Cousins (Lezz & Hariharan), and STOMP, both in India and internationally (U.S. and Canada).
Dance was not the only medium Carol explored:
She was featured in 4 series of the yoga programme Fitness Plus on ZeeTV. The series, a big hit ran, successfully for over 2 years. She also hosted and anchored a yoga programme Fitness For You which has been aired in the U.S. and U.K.
She has since been back on the catwalk for Tony & Guy (TiGi), Levis and several Indian Fashion houses and has been featured modelling Rohit Verma Creations in the international fashion magazine La Mode.
During the last 3 years she has also found the time to design and produce costumes for a U.S. based Dance Company called Naach.
With her wide experience in Dance, Acting & Modelling she took up a new challenge with the Musical The Merchants of Bollywood (MOB) in 2006. In the character of Ayesha Merchant she plays the lead role in this million dollar Australian production. She’s been on the road with the MOB for five consecutive years and despite the intensive world travel and hectic performance schedule she’s still going strong. Since the tour ended in 2011, Carol is now moving on to other challenges.