Nottingham’s renowned Manushi Dance will be performing will be adding spectacle to the day with ttheir performance of classical Indian Kathak dance.
Vina Ladwa, Director of Manushi Dance said that forming the dance company to explore South Asian dance styles had always been her dream. “I started dancing at age 8 and haven’t stopped since! When you are in the dance world – on stage performing you always feel you are floating on a cloud and this is an experience I like to share with everyone who appreciates dance. When we started in 1996, my dance Guru Nilema Devi christened my group Manushi and it is amazing to think we recently achieved our 20th anniversary!”
Vina says that people of any age can learn classical dance and that Kathak, the discipline that she teaches has no age restrictions. “Kathak is a storytelling dance and can be enjoyed on many levels, both as a viewer and participant.” Age UK has recently joined with Manushi dance and Vina now teaches classes to older dancers who performed a classical piece at Nottingham Lakeside Arts in August 2016.
Vina feels that everyone can take something from Kathak, "You can make it whatever you want". One thing is clear we can look forward to a magical performance on 17 June.
Also on stage will be Nottingham Asian Arts Council Dhol Drummers who will excite and entertain with their enthralling rhythmic music played in true Punjabi bhangra style.