Exhibition reveals mysteries of Indian dance

By James Vukmirovic | Entertainment | Published:

The mysteries of Indian dance will be explored as a part of an exhibition in a gallery.

Nritya Black Country will be hosted by Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Picture: Matthew Cawrey

Nritya Black Country will be hosted by Wolverhampton Art Gallery and will explore the history of the development of Indian dance in the region between 1960 and 2000.

The exhibition will be curated by Jaivant Patel Dance, an award-winning arts organisation rooted in Wolverhampton, and will share stories, photographs, films and objects collected from pioneer dancers, teachers, choreographers and members of the local community.

It will explore how migrants arriving from the Indian subcontinent brought art forms with them and shared them with the communities they now lived in, bringing classical, folk and traditional dance styles to the forefront.

The items gathered allow visitors to discover the interwoven threads, connecting place, people and cultural heritage, and look to the future with contemporary artists reinventing Indian dance.

Items from the exhibition will be held at Wolverhampton City Archives following the exhibition, which runs from September 19 to December 20.

Councillor Stephen Simkins, Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, said the city prided itself on the diversity of its communities and the programmes the council could put on.

He said: "This exhibition gives us a chance to understand and appreciate a diverse culture that is a part of our city.

"By understanding, we learn so much about our city and the people within it and provides a lasting legacy that will be held at the City Archives.

"I hope visitors to the gallery will enjoy this exhibition alongside the permanent and temporary exhibitions also on display, whilst adhering to the social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff."

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