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Dance highlights

From the timeless classical to innovative explorations, this week's dance events will keep you on your toes.

Intermediate and advanced...

V&A India Festival events

The museum's current series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives continue to explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia...

Music highlights

Don't miss out on the the melodies and grooves on offer this week, from Bengal folk to the brass band tradition.

Baul Papia and...

Whose Sari Now?

The funny and poignant journey of one sari handed down, handed over and handed out to the characters in the play, offering the myriad ways in...

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Angira Kotal- Sangeet Ratna In Conversation with Sanjeevini Dutta

Article By: Sanjeevini Dutta
Angira Kotal tells Sanjeevini Dutta about the musical journey which has brought her to the Sangeet RatnaRead More
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Samakaala – A Festival of Contemporary Dances

Article By: Ileana Citaristi
Ileana Citaristi comments on a welcome addition to the national panorama of dance festivals.Read More
Grace | Photo credit: Ghanesh Sahoo

This is my culture, International Women's Day

Article By: Sitara Thobani
 Odissi dancer Sitara Thobani's address at the British Parliament celebrations for IWD, reflecting on the cultural heritage that empowers her as a modern woman  Read More

Preview: Artist Profile on Vidhya Subramaniam

Article By: Jahnavi Harrison
Image Credit: S. Anwar  Celebrated bharatanatyam exponent, Vidya Subramaniam,is in the UK to give two consecutive performances: Bhavan, London (7th) and Capstone, Liverpool (8th December)....Read More
Credit: S. Anwar

The Art of Critical Writing

Article By: Lucinda Al-Zoghbi
Earlier this year, in April to be exact, we launched the Art of Critical Writing, a short course enabling budding arts critics to fine-tune their analytical skills over an afternoon of practical...Read More
Image Credit: Yasmin Khan

Olympic Opening Ceremony hits home

Article By: Sanjeevini Dutta
 Sanjeevini Dutta muses on what made the Olympic Opening ceremony so appealing to the vast audiences watching.Read More

Choreographic Collision

Article By: Elena Jacinta
Image Credit: Alvise Nicoletti  Elena Jacinta divides her time between her native Latvia and the UK where she is not only a trained bharatanatyam dancer (she trained with some of the great in...Read More
Image Credit: Alvise Nicoletti

Milton Keynes Finds its Dancing Feet!

Article By: Urja Desai Thakore
Milton Keynes Dance Festival 2012  13-15 July Read More
Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Profile on Jon Sterckx

Article By: Jon Sterckx
Image Credit: Peter Morgan  Whilst Soumik Datta and Bernhard Schimpelsberger tour the world with their groundbreaking collaborative project, Circle of Sound, things are still happening from...Read More
Credit: Peter Morgan

Thumri Rasrang

Article By: John Cooper
   As part of Roehampton Dance Festival 2012 Terrace Room, Grove House, University of Roehampton  21 May 2012 Image credit: Eulanda Shead         Read More
Credit: Eulanda Shead

Out of India: Modern Moves

Out of India: Modern Moves

Dance Umbrella

The Pit, Barbican,

21st October 2015

Reviewed by The Pu...Read More
Reviewed By: Pulse Dance Audience Club


Book Review : Indian Classical Dance: The Renaissance and Beyond, by Leela Venkataraman

Indian Classical Dance: The Renaissance and Beyond by Leela Venkataraman (Niyogi Books, India, 2015)

Reviewed by Katie Ryan

As one would expect from such a renowned critic and dance writer, Leela Venkatar...Read More
Reviewed By: Katie Ryan

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Margam: Seeta Patel & Ensemble


20th September 2015

Seeta Patel & Ensemble

Darbar Festival, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Reviewed by Katie Ryan

The buzz at the Southbank...Read More
Reviewed By: Katie Ryan

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Material Men & Strange Blooms

Material Men & Strange Blooms

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

16th & 17th September 2015

Reviewed by t...Read More
Reviewed By: Pulse Dance Audience Club

Photo: Chris Nash

Music CD Review: Ani Ukali, Sangai Orali(Ascents and Descents)

Ani Ukali, Sangai Orali (Ascents and Descents)

Band: Night

Label: Subsonic Routes

Reviewed by: Sanjeevini Dutta

Nepal is close to the hearts of walkers and c...Read More
Reviewed By: Sanjeevini Dutta


Sonia Sabri Company

Sonia Sabri Company is a dynamic company which has established an international reputation for presenting Kathak dance in a contemporary context.

The company creates work relevant to modern...Read More


Seeta Patel

Born in London, Seeta began training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance professionals.  She has furthered her...Read More


Shane Shambhu Company

Born in the east end of London, Shane Shambhu trained extensively in bharatanatyam before joining Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.  Shane has worked with an array of artists and companies...Read More


Srishti is an independent South Asian dance organisation run by Nina Rajarani MBE.  Resident company at Harrow Arts Centre, Srishti encompasses Nina Rajarani Dance School, Yuva Culture...Read More


Directed by Mayuri Boonham, ATMA is a vibrant dance company that presents inspirational contemporary work using bharatanatyam to create an eloquent, unpredictable dance aesthetic. By pushing a...Read More

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company

Born in Chennai, Shobana Jeyasingh trained in bharatanatyam with Samraj Pallai.  Moving to London, she founded her eponymous company in 1988. At the forefront of contemporary South Asian...Read More


Sadhana, directed by Subathra Subramaniam, seeks to create innovative connections between the arts and sciences through the medium of South Asian dance.  With eleven years experience as co-...Read More


The quarterly magazine Pulse and the website is published and managed by Kadam, a UK based charity which aims to keep Asian dance and music, relevant and refreshed for today’s audiences.

Kadam received three-year funding in 2008 from the Arts Council of England, to re-launch the magazine and website which phases out by end March 2011.

Pulse is no longer in receipt of subsidy and henceforth will rely on subscriptions or donations from artists, organisations and enthusiasts to keep it running.



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