A series of events and performance programmes were developed showcasing original costumes and choreographies, including talks, dance performances storytelling and dance-related craft activities e.g. mehndi, puppet making, embroidery, paper jewellery making etc. The events aimed to reach new and diverse communities and were held at various locations, such as: Curve Theatre, Peepul Enterprise, a primary school, Abbey Pumping Station, local hospitals, Leicester’s Guildhall, BBC Radio Leicester, New Walk Museum and as part of local festivals such as Leicester Belgrave Mela and Diwali celebrations. A short film has also been produced showcasing the costumes for the Poshak Puralekh project and the history of Centre for Indian Classical Dance. All the costumes were photographed and recorded, and this database is kept at CICD. Seven oral history interviews were also carried out.
Nilima Devi MBE
One of the leading Kathak pioneering artists in the UK and the founder and Artistic Director of CICD, who has contributed to Indian dance forms since 1981.
International acclaimed Kathak and Contemporary dancer and choreographer, and ex-student of CICD. Founder and Artistic Director of Aakash Odedra Company.
Trained in Kathak with CICD since her young age and now teaching and performing Kathak professionally in London.
Professional Kathak and Contemporary dancer and choreographer, and ex-student of CICD.
Learned Kathak at CICD and now teaching and choreographing Folk and Creative dances and basics in Kathak.
One of the very first students to finish a Diploma in Kathak at CICD, based on Kathak syllabus of Baroda Music College (India). She teaches Kathak and Folk within schools and Community Groups.
Received her Diploma in Kathak dance as part of the very first batch of students at CICD. She contributed through teaching dance in schools and communities and performed at various places in the UK and abroad.
We are also thankful to our volunteers for their time and enthusiasm in taking these interviews:
Mita Pujara, Andreea Ghervan, Pooja Kapadia, Sneya Rajani, Sharenza Gulzar and Amirah Khan.
All interviews will be deposited with the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) at the University of Leicester.