Festival of India – Programme

Series nameBeginnings

This black and white booklet was published for a series of events organised by the Academy of Indian Dance in association with the Commonwealth Institute. It was held in the context of the ten-day ‘Nrittya Sammelan’ , or as translated in the booklet, Festival of Indian Dance and Music, in London in 1982. The events included performances by teachers and students of the Academy, a seminar on the contribution of Indian dance to British culture, lectures, demonstrations and performances for schools, and an exhibition of dance costumes and drawings of Indian dancers. The booklet features a programme of events which took place between 27 June and 4 July 1982. It also includes biographies and photographs of the dancers Chitra Sundaram, Tara Rajkumar and Kottakkal Chandrashekharan, Priya and Pratap Pawar and The Academy of Indian Dance.

Date of Creation / Publication1982
CreatorAcademy of Indian Dance
Associated Person/ OrganisationRajkumar, Tara; Commonwealth Institute
Collection and Reference NumberAkademi Collection (GB 2661 AK)
Catalogue NumberAK/BEG/ED/6
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.