This is the first image in a selection of slides featuring Tara Rajkumar, founder of the Academy of Indian Dance and exponent of the ‘Mohiniattam’ dance form. Rajkumar held several solo performances in which large images were used as a backdrop to her performance. In this 1981 production of ‘Ramayana’, the epic Hindu mythological tale, Rajkumar illustrates the use of a bow an arrow through hand gestures which are known as ‘mudhra’.
|Date of Creation / Publication||1981|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Rajkumar, Tara|
|Collection and Reference Number||Akademi Collection (GB 2661 AK)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable|
|Access to originals||The originals belong to Akademi.|
|Series notes||Akademi: 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 notes||The 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.|