Performance History

CICD has a long history of creating well-received dance productions, involving various classical, folk and creative dance styles and large numbers of performers. The Centre's achievements in the area of performing can be broadly divided into two distinct categories.

Our major performances include full-scale dance-dramas such as The Ugly Duckling, Kathak-Katha, Triangle, Indra Dhanush and Vyom, as well as more distinctive solo items such as Katha Kahe so Kathak. All were toured and widely performed in the UK.

In addition, the Centre has organised and supported a large number of partnership performances, collaborating with other organisations and individuals in the South Asian arts field. A particular objective has been to provide a platform for young, upcoming performers to display their talents and develop their on-stage confidence.


Health & Culture Event - 22nd September 2012


Uttsav - 23rd June 2012


"Moving On" - National Symposium for South Asian Dance

Please find below the documents for "Moving On" - the National Symposium for South Asian Dance:


"Moving On" - National Symposium for South Asian Dance Photos


"Moving On" - National Symposium for South Asian Dance Photos


Urjah Press Release


Ramayana Puppets - 5/6/11 @ Riverside Festival


Hanuman Puppet Project - 1/6/11 to 4/6/11 @ Curve Theatre


Yuva Nritya - 22/1/11


CICD Birthday Party - 1/1/11

CICD’s 30th Birthday Party took place on 1st January 2011, at 5pm – 8pm at the Jain Centre, 32 Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XU. This was the first of many celebrations throughout the year 2011 of CICD’s 30 years of existence in Leicester and the event went really well. Councillors Manjula Sood, Rashmikant Joshi and Harshad Bhavsar were present among the guests, as well as members of the Board of Trustees of CICD and many former students, their families, and friends and supporters of CICD.

Approximately 70 guests celebrated this auspicious occasion and many people had helped with the preparations before the event and on the day, so everything ran smoothly. Dr. Shashi Mehta welcomed everyone on behalf of the Board of Trustees of CICD. Councillor Manjula Sood was then introduced and asked to light an auspicious lamp. Her much-missed husband, Councillor Paul Sood, had been one of the very early supporters of CICD during the 1980s. Nilima Devi, the Founder and Artistic Director of CICD then welcomed everybody and introduced the three dance items performed by four of the current most active CICD students: Meera Patel, Shyrie Patel, Yashesh Patel and Chandni Premji.

This auspicious event was also blessed by two Jain nuns who happened to be in Leicester that afternoon and expressed their appreciation of bringing dance, culture and spirituality together for the benefit of cultural and spiritual growth and development.

CICD’s Artistic Director, Nilima Devi, then introduced and presented two DVDs of the history and achievements of CICD, showcasing its vision and excellent achievements as well as its artistic and cultural influence on South Asian dance and culture in Leicester, the UK, and other parts of the world. The DVDs were received with much appreciation and showed how much had been developed in the dance field over the years. Nilima Devi finally thanked everyone for being part of this celebration and indicated that the future would bring significant challenges in terms of maintaining such developments and seeking further funding support for South Asian art forms and dance. A delicious menu of Jain food was served.

We are now looking forward to the next CICD event, a Showcase performance called Yuva Nritya (Youth Dance) at the Curve Theatre in Leicester on Saturday 22nd January 2011, 7.45pm. The tickets are almost sold out already so hurry to book your place!

Let us hear what you think about this.


Sumeet Sonigra

Administrator of CICD


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