Chaturang – Photograph 2

Series nameDance

This image depicts a scene from a dance research project entitled ‘Sakhi’. It features four classical Indian dancers: Geeta Sondhar, Gaurisharma Tripathi, Anusha Subramaniam and Sonia Sabri. The dancers explored the theme of female friendship in Rabindranath Tagore’s poems, and presented a dance composition based on their work. The performance was held at The Bull in London in March 1999. This project was one of many created for Sampad’s two-year South Asian dance initiative for the north of England in 1999, and was funded by four North England arts councils.

Date of Creation / Publication1999 - 2001
Associated Person/ OrganisationRay, Piali; Sampad
Collection and Reference NumberSampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)
Catalogue NumberSA/DA/3
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.