Indian Classical Dance at the UK Parliament

Maaya – performance at the Westminster Hall, UK
Image Courtesy – UK Parliament Flickr stream


Priyadarshini Govind performing at the Westminster Hall
Image Courtesy – UK Parliament Flickr stream

Now that London has become the focal point for the world, due to the Summer Olympics. Wouldn’t that be a great opportunity to showcase Indian classical dance? And what if the performance happens in the Westminster Hall, the very seat of UK Parliament? And as an icing on the cake, wouldn’t it be awesome, if this event was completely SOLD OUT?

Well, this DID happen on July 5th, 2012 as part of the “Arts in Parliament”  program, where the UK based organization “Akademi” was selected to showcase Indian classical dance. If media reports are to be believed, this is the first time in “900 years” that a Bharatanatyam performance was held in the Parliament building.

The program titled “Maaya” consisted of a 20 minutes performance choreographed by Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Shivani Sethia. According to the akademi website

the Hall will be animated through a live cast creating a magical dream like experience

This was followed by a Bharatanatyam solo performance by Priyadarshini Govind. Speaking about her experiences, she says

The venue was absolutely stunning. It is one of the most beautiful monuments in the UK. I enjoy performing for different audiences as it is a great learning experience. Different cultures have different sensibilities. The experience was truly fun!

Did you witness this event? If so, please share with us the experience.

Here are the news articles of the event. Click link to read:

in Rediff

in India Tribune

in Times of India

Here are the photos of the event.

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One response to “Indian Classical Dance at the UK Parliament

  1. Isnt it high time we were weaned off our colonial predisposition? and what is 20 minutes for Bharatanatyam? I wonder if our dances have been performed for our parliamentarians. Any inputs?

    I think there have been many occasions where Bharatanatyam and other classical dances have been performed at the Indian parliament aka Sansad Bhavan. Although I do not have a list, I have seen photos of artists after their performance at the Indian parliament.

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