Born on 8 August 1959 in Jalandhar in Punjab, Shri Navtej Singh Johar received his training in Bharatanatyam at the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai under Sarada Hoffman, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Anandi Ramachandran, and Ambika Buch, and at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi under Leela Samson. Shri Navtej Singh has trained in Carnatic music under Vishala Venkatachalam, and Yoga under T.K.V. Desikachar at the Krishnamachaya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai.
Shri Navtej Johar has established himself among the leading creative and experimental artists. He has performed extensively within the country and abroad. He has also conducted lecture-demonstrations and workshops widely at several prestigious venues in India and abroad. Shri Johar has choreographed a number of choreographic works, and won acclaim in India and abroad. His works include Frenemies, Charumathi Claire Singh, Dravya Kaya, Grey is also a Colour and Undoubtedly Real. Besides solo performances, he has closely worked with artists like Chandralekha, Leela Samson, Muzaffar Ali, Madan Gopal Singh, Shubha Mudgal, Justin McCarthy, Janet Lilly, Keith Khan, Stephen Rush, and Elango Govindarajan to produce a number of collaborative works. He has received numerous fellowships for his research such as Times of India Fellowship (1995), the Charles Wallace Fellowship (1999) and the currently undergoing Interweaving Performance Cultures Fellowship at the International Research Center, Freie University in Berlin, Germany. He has trained many artists in dance and yoga at his institution, Studio Abhyas in Delhi and provided them with a platform to present their skills.
For his work in the field of dance, Shri Navtej Singh Johar has received the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Award (2010), and the Mohan Khokar Overall Excellence Award (2012).
Shri Navtej Singh Johar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2014 for his contribution to creative and experimental dance.