Ranjana is a Hindustani vocalist, who trains under Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and is a full-time performer, teacher, dance accompanist and composer. The Odissi Ensemble is very fortunate to have danced to Ranjana’s glorious vocals.
During the COVID-19 lock-down days, spirits were lifted as the South Asian dance sector connected virtually on the Manch UK Facebook platform. Sanjeevini Dutta recalls some of the revelations that shook and delighted.
The task of putting South Asian dance on the map of London and the UK was a tall order. When Pushkala Gopal, dancer and former Director of the Academy of Indian Dance, left in 1984, the fledgling organisation still needed a lot of nurturing.