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Monday 24th March 2003
Indian dance proves a hit with school children
Hadley Juniors
Hadley Juniors join in the dance workshop
The Annapurna Indian Dancers were working closely with many schools in the Telford area prior to their performance at Oakengates Theatre earlier this month.

Annapurna Indian Dance Company
Gives an in-depth account of the different Indian cultures through dance and music.

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Various workshops on Indian dance and music took place at Stirchley Primary School, Crudginton Primary and Donnington Wood Juniors in Telford, Shropshire.

Our cultural correspondent, Manish Gajjar attended one of the workshops held at Hadley Juniors, Crescent Road, Telford.

He chatted to the various artists present.
Sandip Mallik - Kathak dancer.

Can you tell us what this workshop is all about?'

Workshops are a practical way of getting the children involved with the basic aspects of the dance and the music. It gives them an insight of what is involved with regards to the live performance on stage.’

‘Today I will show the children the basic movements involved in the classical dance call kathak. The pattern of kathak involves angles, turning, movements of hands and feet.’

Sandip goes on, ‘I have been learning the kathak dance since the age of 4 years. I am now 28 years old and involved in a more contemporary dance form which is a mixture of Kathak and folk.’

'As a Kathak dancer, do you get to travel a lot around India?'

‘I am constantly on the move due to my tight schedule. I am based in Calcutta but frequently travel to North India which includes Delhi, Jaipur, Hydrabad and Nagpur.

These are the places where most of my performances take place.’

Sandip continues talking passionately about his profession, ‘I have been learning the art of Kathak from my guru, Shrilekha Mukerjee. But since 1991, I have also been doing numerous workshops in the company of Pundit Birjoo Maharaji. This occurs whenever he comes to Calcutta'.

'I have on many occasions, travelled to Delhi to receive further training from Birjoo Maharaji' says Sandip.

This is Sandip’s second visit to the UK and says that he loves all aspects of the English culture apart from the British weather.

He finds it very depressing. I am sure we all agree with him on that point!
Mr Debasish Mukherjee – Tabla player

'How long have you been playing the tabla?'

‘I was born in Calcutta and started my training at the age of two and half years. Its now 30 years.'

My Guru was my dear father at that time.’

Mr Mukerjee continues smilingly, ‘This is my 8th visit to the UK and so I am used to doing these workshops. I am really surprised that the children over here are very keen to learn about our Indian culture'.

'This makes us feel good about our profession and gives us the inspiration to carry on' says Mr Mukherjee.
Baluji Shrivastav – Sitar, Dilruba and Vocals

‘For the past 20 years, I have been based in London but do go up to Yorkshire from time to time to do some workshops’ says Mr Shrivatsav.

He continues, ‘I will be travelling to Berlin, Vienna and Paris later on this year to give a solo performance on stage and so it’s going to be a busy schedule ahead.’

Mr Shrivatsav adds, 'all three of us are individuals in our own right but this time round, thanks to Annapurna Indian Dance Company, we got the chance to work together.’

He continues, ‘this is how we, as artists get together with different musicians and dancers. It’s always a pleasure to work with Debasish. We go back a long way.’

Looking at the school children, Mr Srivastav adds, ‘I always love working with children. They are so wonderful and so sweet. Most of all, they really love my music and that really makes me feel good inside.’

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