Indian dance exhibition in Wolverhampton

A new exhibition showing the development of Indian dance in the region has gone on display.

One of the photographs on display
One of the photographs on display

Nritya Black Country, curated by Jaivant Patel Dance, an award-winning arts organisation rooted in Wolverhampton, explores the history of the development of Indian dance in the region between 1960 and 2000.

The exhibition is being hosted at Wolverhampton's Lichfield Street gallery until December 20, and shares stories, photographs, films and objects collected from some of the pioneer dancers, teachers, choreographers and members of the local community.

Marguerite Nugent, manager of Art and Culture, technical officer Naomi Greeves, curator Jaivant Patel, project manager Linda Saunders, Ramesh Sharma QPM, curatorial officer Oliver McCall and dancer Shyam Dattani, who were all involved in the exhibition

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.

Laura Page, marketing officer for arts and culture, said: "The exhibition opened on September 19 and runs until December 20.

Curator Jaivant Patel next to some of the colourful outfits on display

"Within Wolverhampton we do have a high number of the Asian community and it's a story that previously hasn't been told so it's giving a new insight into the development of this type of dance.

Some of the colourful outfits on display

"We do have social distancing measures in place, and people don't have to book but they are asked Track and Trace questions and face coverings are asked to be worn where possible."

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