Soldiers of the Empire - The Unknown Becomes Known - November 2018
In this exhilarating and moving dance, music and storytelling performance, Annapurna Indian Dance pays homage to the forgotten soldiers from undivided India, who fought for Britain during WWI.
United in their mission to support the Allies’ war effort, more than a million Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Gurkhas fought on many fronts, earning over 9,200 decorations, including 11 Victoria Crosses. More than 74,000 sacrificed their lives.
Here, the innovative Annapurna Indian Dance company explores the legacy of their contribution and brings their stories to life.
Diwali Celebrations - November 2018
A Sense of Place - Todmorden Book Festival - Nov 18
International Women's Day - March 2018
Come and enjoy a variety of activities at this FREE event: Demonstrations of beautiful temple dancing, tap & contemporary dance, storytelling, music, singing and drumming.
We welcome Award Winning classical Indian Dancer, Dr. Swati Raut, who will be presenting excerpts from her innovative dance project "Half of Me" which explores the theme of Assisted Reproductive Therapy whilst drawing parallels from a storyline in the famous Indian epic "Mahabharata"
International Women's Day - March 2017
We welcome Dr Chamundeshwari Kuppuswamy, a scholar in Bharatanatyam dance and inspirational speaker, to present a lecture demonstration on storytelling aspects of traditional Indian dance.
Activities include varieties of beautiful dance presentations from different parts of India with music and singing.
The event will also celebrate 20 years of Annapurna Dance's commitment to engaging communities and culture through a legacy exhibition.
Anusha Subramanyam Dance Workshop
Annapurna Indian Dance is proud to welcome dancer Anusha Subramanyam, dance artist, teacher, choreographer and dance movement therapist to work with our regular Bharatanatyam students.
Anusha is an alumni of Kalakshetra college of Fine Arts , Chennai, India and the director of programmes for the project called YUVA GATI from the Centre for Advanced Training, funded by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance scheme . As part of their outreach programme the CAT have offered us this FREE workshop at the Orange Box Youth Centre.
The duration of the workshop is two hours which includes a session on body conditioning especially relevant to the Bharatanatyam style and a session on technique as well as some creative learning.
Celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights - October 2016
A celebration of the Indian festival of lights at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre
The Unknown Becomes Known - April 2016
Annapurna Dance pays homage to the Indian servicemen of World War 1. In 1914, India which included Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal, sent over 1 million personnel to support the British Empire during the war in which 74,000 troops sacrificed their lives.
The evening reveals this shared history which touches on race, religion, empire and culture, with strong bearings on the present.
Leadership Through Indian Dance - March 2016
A presentation performance celebrating International Women's Day focusing on leadership issues with guest speaker / dancer Archana Vyasam , founder and artisitc director of Manjeeram Dance Academy , Hyderabad , India.
("Bringing an Indian artform to the relam of leadership" is a concept developed by Manjeeram Dance Academy )
The Unknown Becomes Known
An evening with historian Andrew Wrenn who will give a lecture on the contribution of Indian soldiers to the First World War.
International Women's Day - The Unknown Becomes Known
Annapurna Indian Dance celebrates International Women’s Day with the launch of our forthcoming project, 'The Unknown Becomes Known' which commemorates the centenary of India’s service in the First World War. This vibrant community afternoon is open to all to enjoy and participate in the activities on offer. (Supported by Heritage Lottery)
Indian Festival Dussehra Mela
Traditional dance for the Indian festival Dussehra Mela.
The Epic Story of Ramayana
Storytelling of the epic tale of Ramayana with dance and music
Bicycle with Barefoot - Yorkshire Festival 2014
Our forthcoming project, Bicycle with Barefoot is one of 47 projects selected for the Yorkshire Festival 2014.
We look forward to presenting an original ancient dance theatre adapting it to celebrate the historic occasion of Tour de France in Yorkshire.
Tales From Mystic India
A beautiful selection of sparkling ancient stories from the Indian subcontinent narrated through dancing , storytelling, drumming and puppetry.
We are proud to present this visual and audial feast in two of Dumfries and Galloway’s most popular small theatres.
“I just wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed the Tales From Mystic India last week at the Huddersfield Literature festival. It really was a magical combination of talents that you brought together: The fabulous drummer, the fascinating and beautiful main dancers, with their lyrical physical storytelling (and wonderful use of hands , feet and eyebrows to tell a story!) It all came together so well to amount to a huge treat for a lucky audience”.....
Audience member from the performance at Huddersfield Literature Festival
The epic story of Ramayana
As part of English Tourism Week we present the beautiful Indian epic story RAMAYANA at the Oriental Museum , Durham University
(With dancers Shantha Rao , Vidya Rani and musician Ramya Tangairala )
Also workshops of creative Indian dance movements with storytelling techniques using simple rhythms, singing and facial expressions.
Huddersfield Literature Festival
Annapurna Dance will be performing at the Huddersfield Literature Festival
Artists : Storyteller Ian Clayton, dancers Santosh Menon and Abhinandana Kodanada , musicians Ramya Tangirala and Pratap Ramachandran
Big Gig National Music Festival
As part of Big Gig National Music Festival Annapurna Indian Dance will present a rich evening of traditional dances with live singing and drumming with artists Santosh Mennon (Bharatha Natyam dance), Ramya Tangirala (Carnatic Music), Pratap Ramachandran on Mridangam and Avishek Dey on Tabla.
Dances From Distant Lands - Spring 2012
Thursday 1st March
Terry O' Toole Theatre, Hykeham, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincs, LN6 9AX
Friday 2nd March
Waltham On The Wolds Village Hall, Goadby Road, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicester, LE14 4AG
Saturday 3rd March
Upton Village Hall, Upton, NG23 5SR
Saturday 10th March
Sheepscombe Village Hall, Trench Hill, Sheepsconme, GL6 6TZ
Wednesday 11th April 2012
Scarborough Central Library 7.00 pm
Annapurna Dancers Launch Scarborough Literature Festival.
Vibrant traditional dancing with beautiful costumes and storytelling and singing.
Thursday 12th April 2012
Venue Blessings Way Hebden Bridge 6.30 PM
A special evening of Bharatha Natyam dance with live Carnatic music with dancer Santosh Mennon and musician Ramya Tangirala.
Ramayana - 2011- 2012
Saturday 8th October 7:30pm to 8:00pm - Platt Fields Park, Manchester.
Annapurna Indian Dance Company are excited to announce their involvement in the spectacular finale of Manchester's Dashehra Diwali Mela.
Walk the Plank's latest production, 'Rama and Sita', is set to be a captivating event, celebrating one of the ancient epics of India, Ramayana.
The Ramayana's tale of an ideal brother, father, servant, wife and king will be expressed by actors and Annapurna's dancers through a mesmerising combination of gestures, mime and shadow puppetry.
All of which will culminate in a stunning firework display, bringing the evening to a close.
Presented by the Indian Association of Manchester, supported by Manchester City Council and Arts Council England.
Dances of Asia - October 2011
Friday 14th October
7:00pm - Albert Hall Nottingham.
Presented by DARE -Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
Monsoon Tales - October 2011
Thursday 27th October
7:30pm - Seven Arts , Leeds.
A joyful celebration of the festive
spirit of India brought to life through stunning dances and rich ancient stories from India.
Presented by SAA -UK.
Searching for the Sacred Space
Friday 11th November 8:00pm - Square Chapel Arts Centre , Halifax
A rare evening of exquisite Temple dancing with singing and Vedic Chanting.
Dances from Distant Lands
Saturday 26th November
7:30pm - Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir
This wonderful evening has a feast of of rich variety Indian dances with storytelling.
Dancers in the autumn shows : Santosh Mennon, Priya Sundar, Mukthi Shri, Khavita Kaur Rendhava, Mansi Dabral Unniyal, Rashmi Sudhir, Suchismita Ganguly,
Bhagya Laxmi Thyagarajan, Swarup Mennon,
Tuhina Bhattacharya, Navya Rattehalli, Nivedita Paul.
Musicians : Rakesh Joshi, Gayatri Nadella, Ramya Tangirala.
The Indian Hereafter
Promoted by Milap Festival Trust
Annapurna Indian dancers present an innovative exploration of various ancient stories of incarnations from the Indian mythology blending traditional Bharatha Natyam dance with storytelling and live Vedic Chanting. Stunning Costumes and original music.
9th July - Lowry Theatre, Manchester, 7:00 PM
Dancers: Santosh Mennon, Hima Bindu Uppari, Priya Sundar, Swaroop Mennon, Ridhi Joshi and Nidhi Joshi.
Choreographer: Archana Vyasam
Artistic Direction: Shantha Rao
Live Vedic Chanting: Rakesh Joshi
Original Music: Vidwan Chandrashekhar Navda and Padala Taraka Rama Rao
Lighting Technician: Rowan Clapham
Sound Technician: Oscar Allen
10th July - Halifax Festival
Annapurna Indian dancers present a spectacle of graceful ancient temple dancing Bharatha Natyam with rich traditional costumes.
Dances from the Distant Lands
Room T2/A Dean Clough Mills
Halifax HX3 5AX