Pre-Conference Event at the Nehru Centre

Navadisha 2016 – Celebrating South Asian Dance in the UK

Pre-Conference event at the Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF

Tuesday 17 May, 6.30 – 7.30pm

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Presented by Chitra Sundaram, this pre-conference event will give an overview of South Asian dance, its diversity, relevance and exciting new developments in the UK, in the lead-up to Navadisha 2016. The trailblazing conference in Birmingham will pose new questions that are crucial for South Asian dance in the UK today. At the same time, it will celebrate breakthrough achievements and exciting developments in and around the sector, especially in the last fifteen years since Navadisha 2000.

Performances of Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary work will be presented by rising and established performers: Hiten Mistry, Parbati Chaudhury, Divya Kasturi and Shane Shambhu.

The evening will also include a dialogue with the international artist Anita Ratnam, and conversations with UK-based artists Divya Kasturi and Shane Shambhu, who are all featured speakers at the main conference. There will be Q&A opportunities for the audience.

Navadisha 2016 will take place at mac Birmingham between Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd May 2016. It will feature keynote addresses by Akram Khan MBE, Shobana Jeyasingh MBE and Mavin Khoo, all internationally-acclaimed performers/ choreographers and instigators of new dynamics in British dance.

About Chitra Sundaram
Chitra Sundaram is a British-based dance-theatre artist of distinction, widely recognised in India, Britain, and in the international dance community for her insightful engagement with issues surrounding South Asian dance.

Chitra is also the Navadisha 2016 Conference Moderator alongside Piali Ray, Director, Sampad Arts.