Indian dance bustles with different styles that reflects its rich heritage resonating with varying local forms and features of culture from across the length and breadth of the sub-continent. The attraction for Indian dance is forever-growing both within and outside India. One of the main reasons behind this continuing enthusiasm is India’s proud assemblage of “classical” dances that originated in the ancient temples, having been influenced by the legacy of stone sculptures and sacred texts coupled with the other "folk" dances that had its roots in indigenous ways of celebrating life. All of these dance forms present grace, style, vigour and tradition.
Our "Indian Dance Society" welcomes, introduces and acquaints those interested in dance with some of these ever-green dance styles. Dr. Sejuti Dasgupta (faculty, Michigan State University & a SOAS alumni) has been the founding member of this society. While, Priyanka Basu (the former President of the society) and Debanjali Biswas (a SOAS alumni) are both professionally trained in the classical Indian dance forms of Odissi (from the eastern state of Odissa) and Manipuri (from the north-eastern state of Manipur) respectively, Suha Priyadarshini Chakravorty (the current President) is trained in Bharatnatyam (from the southern state of Tamil Nadu), and will be imparting training in their individual dance styles. The training will begin with basic dance exercises, building on to postures and movements and thereon to specific 'items' from the respective repertoires. The Indian Dance society is committed to organizing regular workshops and shows that not only enhances a vibrant social mood for everyone on campus but acts as therapy to relax and rejuvenate the body and the mind. Our dance-drama production, "Chandalika: A Woman's Quest Beyond Untouchability" in December 2013 based on Rabindranath Tagore's text was a huge success where a number of performers from SOAS despite their non-dance backgrounds, were mentored carefully and were much accredited. Also, in the past year, we have had a number of workshops and a series of productions that showcased various performances which were felicitously themed and even had a woman's day celebration through dance and theatre which were all hugely appreciated.
Therefore, on behalf of the Indian Dance society, we invite You join us and set your spirits free...
Come dance with US and express YOURSELF!!! :)