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Deep Within by Anita Chanda

Anita Chanda was trained at Sir John Cass College of Arts and Crafts...

Circle of Sound

British sarod maestro Soumik Datta and Austrian drumming visionary Berhnard Schimpelsberger present a unique...

Maestro of the Saraswati veena, Prince Rama Varma

Endowed with a deep, rich, baritone voice and a nuanced aesthetics, Varma has been making waves in the Indian classical music...

Sur

Representing the UK’s finest emerging talent, Sur is Milapfest’s annual showcase of young...

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Hindutva and South Asian Dance in Britain

Article By: Jasmine Lail
                                      With the Indian elections under way, Narendra Modi and the BJP...Read More
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Volunteers of RSS gate for Founder's Day Amritsar November 2013 | Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

The Chennai Margazhi Festival

Article By: Sooraj Subramaniam
Sooraj Subramaniam experiences the Chennai Season, with its dust and its sensory delights. Photo: Simon RichardsonRead More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum

 

 

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum

Katherine Boo

Portobello Books, London, 2012, Kindle Edition

Reviewed by: Gopa Roy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In the Author’s note with which the book concludes, Katherine Boo reflects ‘...over the course of three years  [2008-2011] (we) wrestled with the question of whether days in rat-filled Annawadi garbage sheds and late-night expeditions with thieves at a glam...Read More
Reviewed By: Dr Gopa Roy

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An Indian Swan in Amsterdam

 
Image Credit: Djaiënti Sewdihal
Satish Dance Company
Muiderpoort Theatre, Amsterdam 
 
On the day of the preview for An Indian Swan in Amsterdam it is freezing cold. We wonder if the promising full house will actually be realized. We even wonder if all the dancers will be on time at the venue, but everything seems to go ahead as planned. The group, cons...Read More
Reviewed By: Meher Khan Muztar
Courtesy of the Artist

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra

 

Image Credit: Sreenivasan Ramakrishnan 
Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, West Kensington, London 

 

 

 

 
“Music is our sādhanā and we would like you to join us in this pujā.” As the drones of the harmonium and taanpuras filled the air, the audience in the Bhavan Centre's sold-out auditorium eagerly awaited the performance of two of the finest exponents of khayaal voca...Read More
Reviewed By: Seetal Kaur Gahir
Image Credit: Sreenivasan Ramakrishnan

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

 Kali Theatre and Pursued By A Bear Productions
Mercury Theatre, Colchester  
Image Credit: Jerome Hunt 

Games, politics and personal and national identity are inseparably intertwined in Satinder Chohan’s new play Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi. The play, co-produced by Kali Theatre and Pursued By A Bear Productions, examines two time periods, two countries and six character...Read More
Reviewed By: Sita Thomas
Image Credit: Jerome Hunt

Unveiling Afternoon Ragas: Prattyush Banerjee

Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
As part of Darbar Festival 2012
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Artist  

Darbar founder, Sandeep Virdee has been outspoken in his desire to present lesser known talents each year. ‘Unveiling Afternoon Ragas’ was hardly the most exciting title of this final day afternoon session, but what ensued definitely was. Hailing from Kolkata, sarod maestro Prattyush...Read More
Reviewed By: Jahnavi Harrison

Image Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

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

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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

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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

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

ATMA

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

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

Pulseconnects 

The quarterly magazine Pulse and the website www.pulseconnects.com 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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