Chaturang – Flyer

Series nameDance

‘Chaturang’, means “four colours” in Hindi. This was a two-year South Asian dance project implemented by Sampad and funded by the Arts Council England. Four regional arts boards, Northern, North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside joined together to create a development initiative for South Asian dance activities. The project was funded in 1999 under the “New Audiences” project. Sampad’s activities included high profile performances by South Asian local and international dance artists alongside dance workshops, master classes, discussions and exhibitions. The initiatives aimed to contribute to the mainstream dance-art programming in the participating regions and were implemented with the assistance of many dance artists and schools of dance in each region. The twelve-page full colour flyer details the background and scope of the ‘Chaturang’ programme.

Date of Creation / Publication1999
Associated Person/ OrganisationRay, Piali
LocationNorth West
Collection and Reference NumberSampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)
Catalogue NumberSA/DA/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Sampad
Series notesRenowned dancer, teacher and choreographer Piali Ray established Sampad with the aim to provide a structured approach to South Asian dance and other art forms in the Midlands region. Alongside with well established dancers in the region, for example Kathak and Bharatanatyam dancers Nahid Siddiqui and Chitraleka Bolar, as well as Bhangra dancer Gurucharan Mal, the team founded a training group for a new generation of South Asian British dancers. The organisation works with renowned dance artists and produces high profile and community events. Sampad also addresses dance training and development needs of professional and emerging artists and provides a dance advocacy service, developing programmes and partnerships with promoters and venues. Sampad is a partner of SADA - the South Asian Dance Alliance, along with Akademi: South Asian Dance in London and Kadam in Bedford.
Collection notesSampad was founded in 1990, under the directorship of Piali Ray OBE. The arts organisation was established to strengthen the infrastructure of South Asian arts in the West Midlands and Birmingham region. Due to Director Piali Ray's background as a dancer, this south Asian arts development agency has retained its strengths in dance, however its current remit is much wider, covering cross art forms of music, theatre, crafts and literature within education and community environments.