University of Leicester eBulletin

Indian Dance at the University of Leicester

February 2003
No 40

The University of Leicester welcomes a taste of Asian culture to its Richard Attenborough Centre in February and March with a series of Indian dance classes taken from a variety of regions in India.

Members of the public are being invited to learn the rudiments of ragas or the basics of bhangra. You could follow in the footsteps of maestro Tusli Mistry in an exposition of Bharatnatyam while folk fun can be had by all in Garba- a Gujarati community folk dance.

Steven Pegg from the Richard Attenborough Centre at the University of Leicester said: "The Tastes of India dance programme is taking place in collaboration with the Centre for Indian Classical Dance.

"We are inviting people to experience the rhythms of the East while learning a new dance, keeping fit and making friends.  The events are fun occasions where you can let your hair down and take part in a colourful and ancient dance tradition."

The sessions are divided into four blocks each focusing on a different style of traditional Indian dance: Garba, Dandiya Raas, Bharatnatyam and Bhangra.

The season kicked off with Garba, under the tutelage of Nimisha Parmar, which is described as 'A Gujarati clap dance, using circular movements, and traditionally performed by women during the Hindu festival of Navratri in honour of the Goddess Amba.'  Next up is Dandiya Raas, another Gujarati dance, this time involving sticks and circular movements, led by Priti Raithatha.

The programme continues into March with Bharatnatyam, a stylised South Indian dance involving gesture language, and concludes with the ever-popular Bhangra under tutor Vinod Sharma.

Garba - February 6 and 13

Dandiya Raas - February 20 and 27

Bharatnatyam - March 6 and 13

Bhangra - March 20 and 27

All classes take place on Thursdays from 6.00pm to 7.00 pm at University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre on Lancaster Road, Leicester.

Fees per two-week course: 10 Adult; 8 fully retired; 5 student/unwaged/disabled

For further information or to enrol, contact the Richard Attenborough Centre on 0116 252 2455.

Article compiled by Guy Cummins

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