Indian Dance at the University of Leicester
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.
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.
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.
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."
sessions are divided into four blocks each focusing on a different style of
traditional Indian dance: Garba, Dandiya Raas, Bharatnatyam and Bhangra.
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.
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.
February 20 and 27
March 6 and 13
March 20 and 27
classes take place on Thursdays from 6.00pm to 7.00 pm at University of
Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre on Lancaster Road, Leicester.
per two-week course: £10 Adult; £8 fully retired; £5 student/unwaged/disabled
further information or to enrol, contact the Richard Attenborough Centre on 0116
Article compiled by Guy Cummins
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