Academy of Indian Dance Seminar – The Place of Indian Dance in British Culture – Document

Series nameBeginnings

Following the success of the 1982 seminar, the Academy of Indian Dance’s second annual seminar was entitled ‘The Place of Indian Dance in British Culture’. It was organised by John Chapman who was the co-Director of the Academy of Indian Dance in 1983. The seminar was conducted over three days from 13-16 October 1983, and held at the Commonwealth Institute in London. The report highlights the discussions held during the seminar concerning various aspects of Indian dance in Britain. Participants ranged from specialist teachers and students to local education authorities and representatives from arts councils. Interspersed with the talks were dance and audio presentations by dancers, teachers and students. Speakers at the seminar included Peter Brinson of the Laban Dance Centre, Carl Campbell, director of Dance Company 7, an Afro-Caribbean dance centre, Dr S S Papiha, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle (formerly University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne), Ronald Smedly, deputy head of BBC Schools Television, Shobana Jeyasingh, dancer, and Chotu Warrier, sociologist.

Date of Creation / Publication1983
CreatorAcademy of Indian Dance
Associated Person/ OrganisationRajkumar, Tara
Collection and Reference NumberAkademi Collection (GB 2661 AK)
Catalogue NumberAK/BEG/ED/4
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Akademi.
Series notesAkademi: South Asian Dance was known as The Academy of Indian Dance for over 10 years since its establishment in 1979. This grouping, Beginnings, focuses on the first ten years of the organisation (1979-1989) and traces its pioneering work in increasing accessibility to Indian dance and creating a space for Indian dance in contemporary British culture.
Collection notesThe digitised material from the Akademi: South Asian Dance Collection consists of documents and images from the establishment of the company,when it was called the Academy of Indian Dance up to the present time. Also included are flyers,photographs and education material pertaining to various productions,workhshops and seminars.
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