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Nilima Devi's Timeline

EDUCATION

1969

Diploma in Kathak Dance (1st class) Music College, M.S. University, Baroda.

1971

B.Com. (Honours) M.S. University, Baroda

1973

B.Mus. (1st class) Music College, M.S. University, Baroda

1974

Choreography course with Maya Rao (Kathak artist)

1975

M.Mus. (Distinction) Music College, M.S. University, Baroda


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1977-79

Conducted Kathak classes in Baroda and gave many performances in Gujarat and in Bombay.

1979-80

Taught Kathak at the Tagore Institute, Bonn and in Dortmund, and gave a series of 16 Kathak performances all over Germany.

1981

Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Indian Classical Dance (CICD) in Leicester, UK. Gave Kathak performances and conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations all over the UK.

1982-85

Member of the Dance and Mime Panel of East Midlands Arts, Loughborough.

1983-85

Conducted various Kathak performances throughout India.

1985-90

Asian Dance Animateur for Leicester and Leicestershire. Involved among others in:

- Preparation of showcase performances with choreography in Kathak, folk dances and contemporary dance styles,

- Dance work in 50 schools/colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire, Community dance development work, holding and supervising a Wide range of South    Asian dance classes in Leicester,

- Development and training of a pool of trainee animateurs in the East Midlands, who are now themselves teaching various dance forms in Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London.

1991-2002

Asian Dance Development Officer for Leicester City Council.

1992

Artistic Manager of the Centre for Indian Classical Dance, since 1998 under charitable status.

1993

Advisory Teacher of South Asian Dance for Leicestershire schools.

ARTISTIC WORK

[a] as a choreographer

1981-84

Many solo Kathak pieces for own performances and group pieces of Kathak dance for students of CICD.

1985

Numerous folk and creative dance items for Leicestershire schools and community.

1987   

Kathak, folk and creative dance pieces for the Youth Dance Group as part of the Leicestershire Schools Festival presented at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.

1988

Solo Kathak dance pieces based on the work of the well-known poet Pandit S. Gangani.

1989   

Created and choreographed “The Ugly Duckling”, the popular children’s fairytale, as a Kathak ballet in creative style. The production involved 50 young people from various schools and the community.

1990

‘Kathak Katha’.

1991

Devised and choreographed ‘Triangle’, a project based on Eastern and Western rhythms, and performed by a trio of Kathak dancers.

1991-92

Restaged ‘The Ugly Duckling’ with a smaller cast for a national tour.

1992-96

Various Kathak dance pieces and stage productions such as ‘Aladdin’, ‘Stars and Stripes’, ‘Dance Spectacular’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ for the annual Leicestershire Schools Festival.

1997-2001

‘Melory’, using North Indian classical khayal singing and tabla; ‘Milap’, combining the Kathak and Odissi dance forms; Artistic Director for “Vyom”; devised and co-choreographed ‘Flaming Feet’, a Kathak-Irish dance and music collaboration.

2001-2002

‘Flaming Feet’, Kathak dance and music with Irish dance and music directing, choreographing and performing.

2002-2003

Choreographing Kathak repertoires for Arts in Education and CICD’s Youth Dance Group.

2003-2004

Choreographer and Artistic director for the R & D project called ‘Urjah’ combining cross-cultural art forms.

2005

Development of a short 16 minute dance piece:  ‘Urjah’ by involving two Kathak  and two Bharatnatyam dancers as part of the Nartan festival and performed at  Leicester’s ‘Y’Theatre.

2006  

Artistic Direction for Diwali story ‘Kahani Diwali’ as part of the Three Cities programme in Derby, Leicester & Nottingham.

2007 

Artistic Director for ‘Sanyukta’ and ‘Emerging Sparks’ performance presented by CICD as part of connecting communities project. Artistic Director and Producer of ‘Sinjini’, an educational resource DVD for schools, communities, libraries, artists and individuals interested in Indian dance, music and culture launched on 17th April 2007 at the National Space centre in Leicester.    

2007/2008 

Choreographed ‘Urjah’ production by involving four professional dancers from the UK and toured successfully in the East Midlands region.

[b] as a performer

1975

Numerous performances as a solo Kathak artist in India, Germany and the UK.

1984

Various performances with senior students of the Centre, and other professional dancers in innovative dance productions, including:

-  ‘A Fiercer Kind of Being’,  

-  ‘Kathak Katha’,  

-  ‘Triangle’,  

-  ‘Kathak Double Bill’,   

-  ‘Rainbow - Indra Dhanush’.

1996   

‘Schools of Kathak’ (Kathak gharanas), with two professional Kathak dancers.

1997

Kathak-Odissi duet called ‘Milap’ performed throughout London and the East Midlands.

1998   

‘Melory’, a solo Kathak performance with musicians commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space of London.

1998-2000

Kathak performances throughout India

2001

‘Flaming Feet’, a ground-breaking Kathak-Irish dance and music collaboration.

2002

Produced and performed ‘Katha Kahe si Kathak’ production with musicians from India, toured in the Midlands and Yorkshire region.

2003

Toured new collaborative production called ‘Images’ with Indian and Western musicians within East Midlands and London venues.

2003

Performances of ‘Vyom’ in Pune, India by taking senior dance student

2004

Nrityam’ collaboration with Kathak dancer in Japan, performing in Japan and UK. Japan trip supported by Saskawa Foundation.

2005-2010 

Performances of Kathak dance in the UK as part of Indian festivals in schools, colleges and community events in the UK and India

[c] as a dance teacher

1978-79

Private Kathak tuition in Baroda, India.

1979-80

Kathak tutorials at the Tagore Institute, Bonn and the Gesellschaft Institute, Düsseldorf in Germany.

1981

A six-year Diploma Course in Kathak Dance, so far completed by eight students, two of whom later won the ADiTi National Bursary for one-year full-time training in India.

1991

South Asian Dance Advisory Teacher for Leicestershire Arts Education Service, based at

Knighton Fields Centre, Leicester. Conductor of the Kathak Youth Dance Group. Also

training students for performance work as part of Arts in Education’s festival

programme throughout the year.

1999

Advisory Member of the South Asian Dance Faculty of the ISTD.

2000

Leading workshops and training in Kathak ISTD syllabus as part of CICD’s training programme.

2001 

Supervising and providing artistic vision for CICD’s mentoring scheme for training teachers and young dancers.

2002-2004

Continue to train young dancers in Kathak style and teaching cream students on one to one basis and preparing them for performances and in ISTD Kathak exam every year.

2004-2010

Training Aakash Odedra, Subhash Viman, Kesha Raithatha, Meera Patel, Shyrie Patel and Rupa Nathwani. Some of them are now performing, teaching and choreographing in schools, communities and abroad

PUBLICATIONS         

1983

Various articles and papers on the development of South Asian dance in Britain, the experience of teaching in Britain and the future of South Asian dance and culture in the East Midlands, published in Arts Newsletter, ADiTi News, and a variety of other publications.

1987

‘South Asian dance in the East Midlands’. In: Laban Centre Dance Journal.

1990

‘Indian dance and music’. In: World Dance and Music Encyclopedia.

1995

‘Teaching and choreographing Kathak dance in Britain’. In: Choreography and Dance.

1996

Produced the July ADiTi issue focusing on Kathak dance, contributing an article on the development of Indian dance in Leicester and the East Midlands.

1998

‘Classical Indian dance by the Asian Theatre Initiative’. Review in: ADiTiNews.

2004

‘Marriage of Old and New’ – Asian Dance uncovered. A talk and paper presentation for dance seminar organised by Peepul Centre in Leicester.

2007

‘Thumri’ by Lalita du Perron. Review in: South Asia Journal.


 
 

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