Were you involved in Indian dance in the Black Country between 1960 and 2000? Or do you know someone who was? You might have been a performer, a student, a promoter, a host to events or an audience member.
You may have been a professional performer or an Indian dance enthusiast taking part in festivals celebrating Navratri, Vaisakhi, Diwali, Holi or Durga Puja and many others.
You may have participated in learning Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharatanathyam or Odissi; or you may have participated in learning Indian folk and popular styles such as Garba, Bhangra, Dandiya Raas, Lavani, Bihu, Giddha, Ghoomar and Bollywood.
ALL OF YOUR MEMORIES ARE IMPORTANT!
If so, we would love to interview you about your stories and to see any photos, film, or objects that you have that help tell the story.
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nritya will be collecting and documenting the largely unwritten and unrecorded story of Indian dance, focusing especially on the Black Country 1960-2000. We know that many people have memories and mementoes from this time that would be ideal.
The stories, photos, film, objects collected will all go towards an exhibition in Wolverhampton Art Gallery and a festival weekend of Indian dance at the Art Gallery and Arena Theatre in early summer 2020. Some items will be donated, with your agreement, to Wolverhampton Archives to keep permanently as a record for future researchers of an important part of the Black Country.
We will be carrying out the interviews over Summer and Autumn 2019.
If you would like to talk to us, please send an email to with your contact information and please pass this information onto anyone else who may be interested. Alternatively click on the Contact Us page of this website and submit a message.