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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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“The Heritage of the People”: The Contextual Framework

Article By: Shezad Khalil
Lok Virsa: Without Borders - Sonia Sabri Company  As part of Alchemy Festival 2012 Photo Credit: Simon Balson  Following Sonia Sabri Company's recent performance at Alchemy, Shezad...Read More
Credit: Simon Balson

Lok Virsa: Without Borders

Article By: Sonia Sabri
In advance of her appearance at Alchemy this week, British kathak artist, Sonia Sabri, sets the scene for Lok Virsa:Without Borders, an event that celebrates the arts across the Indian...Read More
Credit: Abhijit Pal

In Conversation with Malavika Sarukkai

Article By: Sanjeevini Dutta
Bharatanatyam diva, Malavika Sarukkai, shares her views on dance, art and life with Sanjeevini Dutta as they take a taxi ride in Chennai. Approaching her fourth decade as a performer,...Read More
Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Pulse Preview - Kathak Innovators in the UK: Aakash Odedra

Article By: Lucinda Al-Zoghbi
London audiences will be treated to a real gem of a performance this weekend as Aakash Odedra takes to the stage at The Place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February.  Pulse caught up with Odedra...Read More
Credit: Nisha Kajal Patel

Pulse Exclusive: Interview with Miti Desai

Article By: Lucinda Al-Zoghbi
Mohiniattam dancer, Miti Desai, is set to perform in The Good Fashion Show, later this week.  Pulse caught up with Miti ahead of her performance to get the lowdown on all things dance and design...Read More
Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

International Odissi Dance Festival 2011

Article By: Ileana Citaristi
Odissi dancer, Ileana Citaristi, lives and teaches in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. Here she her reports on a dance festival dedicated solely to Odissi which took place back in December.  Ileana will be...Read More

The Mad and Divine Conference

Article By: Sanjeevini Dutta
Vyjanthimala Bali  23rd -25th December 2011 Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai Organised by Kartik Fine Arts, Convened by Anita Ratnam Sanjeevini Dutta attended the Conference gives her...Read More
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London's Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Presents: Pratap Pawar Triveni Dance Company and Neesha Radia

Article By: Lucinda Al-Zoghbi and Katie Ryan
Earlier this month,  kathakars were treated to a weekend of classical recitals at the Bhavan Centre in West Kensington.  From Guru to disciple, Pulse goes beyond the performance aesthetics...Read More
Credit: Rafael Bastos

Meet the Choreographer - Gauri Sharma Tripathi

Article By: Yasmin Khan
The Bollywood Trip is set to fire up pre-Christmas audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre from 12-18 December. Co-produced by Danish theatre company, Republique, and London’s...Read More
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Ravi Shankar in his ninety-first year

Article By: Ken Hunt
Ken Hunt despairs at the ‘new’ audiences but then Raviji manages to ‘put a smile on his face’ at the maestro’s Barbican concert this summer, on 21st June 2011. Image...Read More
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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


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