Nritya Black Country Documentary

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Connecting People Through the Global Culture and Heritage of Indian Dance: This documentary is part of an exhibition curated by Jaivant Patel Dance that shares stories, memories, photographs, films and objects collected from some of the pioneer dancers, teachers, choreographers and members of the local community. The items gathered allow visitors to discover the interwoven threads, connecting place, people and cultural heritage - and look to the future with contemporary artists reinventing Indian dance.

During the second half of the twentieth century, migrants from the Indian subcontinent arrived in the United Kingdom to start a new life. They brought art forms with them that were new to this country and shared them. The first generation of artists were innovators. They brought their classical, folk and traditional dance styles, finding space in temples, community halls and cultural events where they could perform and keep their Indian heritage alive. This embedded an appreciation of Indian dance into the wider cultural fabric of the country. This contributed towards establishing the British South Asian culture, enabling communities to feel proud, place value on and have ownership of their heritage and art forms that had travelled with them.

With thanks to contributors Piali Ray, Nahid Siddiqui, Ramesh Sharma, Gurucharan Mall, Sonia Sabri, Harjinder Singh, Nilima Devi, Uma Patel, Nilakshi Maxumber, Alka Patel, Roshni Patel, Champa Patel & The Gujarati Association in Wolverhampton.

Special mention to Shakila Maan who generously allowed us to feature excerpts from 'A Thousand Borrowed Eyes' (1995), a film on Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui. (The full film is also on show as part of the entire Nritya Black Country exhibition.)

The Nritya Black Country exhibition is now open to the public and is showing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 19th September to 20th Dec 2020.