About Nritya Black Country

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Nritya Black Country delighted to announce that it has received a National Lottery grant of £30,500 for an exciting heritage project, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The project focuses on collecting the Story of Indian Dance in the Black Country 1960-2000. 


Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Nritya explores the heritage of Indian dance (classical and traditional) in the Midlands.

Over the next year we will be collecting and documenting the largely unwritten and unrecorded story of Indian dance, focusing especially on the Black Country between 1960-2000 for an exhibition in Wolverhampton Art Gallery opening the public from 19th September to 20th December 2020.

At the end of our project, we will have collected and shared these stories as well as preserved them for future generations. Everyone who has encountered it will have a better understanding of the heritage of Indian dance and an appreciation of its importance in the cultural life of the UK.


Elements of this heritage project will be held at Wolverhampton City Archives, preserving them for future generations to share. 

Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands said: “We’re delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we can support Nritya Black Country to explore and record this rich part of South Asian heritage, acknowledging its contribution to the region and promoting better cultural understanding in the wider community.”

Project partners include Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Archives, City of Wolverhampton Council, Arena Theatre, University of Wolverhampton, Black Country Touring & Media Archive For Central England.

We will be recruiting volunteers to help with the interviews and making contact with individuals who have memories to share for the archive. If you would like to be involved please contact Nritya Black Country by submitting the form in the 'Contact Us' section.