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A Tribute to Sitara Devi and Nahid Siddiqui's Maati

A Tribute to Sitara Devi

Khurshid Aulia hosts a tribute to the late queen of the Benaras kathak...

BBC Young Dancer South Asian Category Final

The much-anticipated third installment of the BBC Young Dancer Category Finals will be broadcast on Friday 1st...

Storytelling for children and adults: V & A Museum's Performance Festival and Asia House's Happily Ever After?

Performance Festival

The V & A Museum's 10 day performing arts festival is in full swing...

Looking ahead: Alchemy Festival

It’s the sixth year of Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s annual festival showcasing the best of...

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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
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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
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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

“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

Purush Conference: the global dancing male

Purush: does it signify a form? A philosophy? What does it mean to be a male dancer in a patriarchal society like India? What does shrinking performance space mean to the male dancer? Keynote speaker Leela Venkataraman...Read More
Reviewed By: Annapoorna Kuppuswamy

Purush Conference

Yerma (Pulse Dance Club choice)


2 November 2013

Amina Khayyam Dance Company

Lilian Baylis Theatre, London

Reviewed by Sanjoy Roy

Amina Khayyam’s Yerma is a kathak...Read More
Reviewed By: Sanjoy Roy


Strange Blooms & Configurations

Strange Blooms & Configurations

3 December 2013

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Reviewed by Nicholas Minns

It...Read More
Reviewed By: Nicholas Minns


Basant Bells

Basant Bells was an entertaining evening of bharatanatyam performance by Swati Dance Company. A good selection of traditional and newly choreographed pieces were presented in a compact programme of group, duet and solo dances by Swati Raut...Read More
Reviewed By: Bisakha Sarker

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Rudra – Emotive flight

RUDRA – Emotive Flight

Manasamitra and York Minster

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Reviewed by Seetal Kaur Gahir

In the shadowy northern quarter of the majestic York Minster, bright lights beamed across a low stage onto an audience filled with...Read More
Reviewed By: Seetal Kaur Gahir

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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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Twelve : Kali Theatre

Reviewed By : Sita Thomas



Sheema Kerwani and Patience James (above) 

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Bayadère – The Ninth Life

Article By: Sanjeevini Dutta
Shobana Jeyasingh's Bayadère – The Ninth Life previews at mac Birmingham on 18th March and opens in London on 25th March. We share here our article from the coming issue of Pulse.Read More
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Tales of 1947

Written by : Aaminah Patel and Seetal Gahir

Tales of 1947

Directed by Marta Schmidt 

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