PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE

You can trace CICD’s history through multiple photographs.

These photos range from early 1980s to present, showing various projects created and performed by Nilima Devi, CICD’s students, teachers and community. Photographic archive is divided into four categories: CICD & Community; Nilima Devi (Solo & Collaborative work); Workshops; Education.


 

ABHILEKH (2016/2017):

Photos of volunteers training with the officer Jenny Moran from the record office as well as photos of costume archival photoshoot at CICD studio.


 

ANNUAL COMMUNITY SHOWCASE (2002):

Dancers and students performing at Phoenix Theatre as part of annual showcase. 


 

ANNUAL CULTURAL EVENT OF CICD AT KFC (2007):

CICD presented annual showcase of North Indian classical dance (Kathak), singing, sitar playing and Sattriya dance by visiting artists by Asaam.


 

ARABIAN NIGHTS / ALADDIN (1993):

Based on the tales of Aladdin, this dance-drama presented more than 40 young people, taught and choreographed by Nilima Devi at Knighton Fields Dance and Drama Center, perform in the style of classical Kathak, folk and creative dances. Music by Anand Shankar.


 

BHARATNATYAM WORKSHOP (1993):

A Bharatnatyam dance workshop for teachers led by Anusha Subramanyam at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Leicester.


 

BIRJU MAHARAJ WORKSHOP (2008):

Workshop with Pandit Birju Mahahraj at Knighton Fields Centre with students of CICD and other teachers from the UK.


 

BRAHMARI AND AGAINST THE TIDE (2000):

R&D project performed by Nilima Devi and choreographed by Sue Rosenbloom and shared at Arts and Education Theatre, Knighton Fields Dance and Drama Center, Leicester.


 

CICD CHARITY STATUS EVENT (1997):

CICD awarded a charitable status and its celebration with performances from Guru Pandita Rohini Bhate and CICD’s students. CICD CONFERENCE (2005): As part of Nartan Festival of CICD, South Asian dance conference was organised at Leicester University.


 

CICD’S HEALTH & CULTURE EVENTS ‘UTTSAV’ AT BEAUCHAMP COLLEGE (2012):

As part of developing health awareness through dance and music, CICD organised exhibition of different stalls presented by different health groups, talks on health related issues by doctors, alternative therapists and workshops on dance and music. Later part of the day presented dance and music performance by professional dancers and musicians as well as CICD’s youth dance groups.


 

CICD’S HEALTH & CULTURE EVENTS ‘UTTSAV’ AT PEEPUL CENTRE (2012):

As part of developing health awareness through dance and music, CICD organised exhibition of different stalls presented by different health groups, talks on health related issues by doctors, alternative therapists and workshops on dance and music. Later part of the day presented dance and music performance by professional dancers and musicians as well as CICD’s youth dance groups.


 

CICD OPENING (1985):

Official CICD opening photographs from CICD studio on 50 Churchill Street, including Lord Mayor of Leicester and performances from Nilima Devi and CICD’s students.


 

CICD STUDENT PHOTOS (1990 – 2007):

Dance photos of CICD’s students taken during performances and special occasions.


 

CICD’S 30 YEARS OF PERFORMANCE PHOTOS AT CURVE THEATRE (2011):

Kathak performance by CICD’s current and alumni students, Nilima Devi, Aakash Odedra and guest artist Anusha Subramanyam at Curve Theatre.


 

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES (1985 – 1995):

Students of CICD performing for various events in Leicester and Leicestershire.


 

COMMUNITY PHOTOS (1990-1995):

Performance photos of various dance groups and teachers performing at Leicester Theatre, schools and community centres.


 

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE AT NEW WALK (2001):

students of CICD and various dance groups performing Kathak, Bharatnatyam and folk dances.


 

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CREATIVE DANCE BY TEACHERS (2007):

Community dance teachers performing five senses in creative style.


 

CULTURAL CELEBRATION OF INDIAN DANCE BY CICD (2008):/b>

As part of Annual showcase of CICD, Indian dance performance took place at Peepul Centre performed by CICD students as well as students of other teachers in Leicester.


 

DE MONTFORT HALL PERFORMANCE (1986):

Kathak dance performance by CICD students at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.


 

EARTHQUAKE (2001):

Photos taken as part of BBC Radio 1 project in memory of earthquake project expressing emotions and feelings of women and children. Dance poses and expressions given by Nilima Devi and Photography Stuart Hollis.


 

EMERGING SPARKS (2007):

Students of CICD and community groups performing Indian dance at Peepul Centre.


 

EMERGING SPARKS (2008):

Students of CICD and other groups from community performing Indian dance and music at Peepul Centre.


 

EMERGING SPARKS (2009):

Students of CICD and other groups from community performing Indian dance and music at Peepul Centre.


 

FLAMING FEET (2002):

Collaboration between classical Indian Kathak and traditional Irish music and dance. Flaming Feet is a combination of the two styles; also it is a collaboration of two different countries both of whom have a deep respect for their traditions of music and dance.
Dancers: Nilima Devi (Kathak) and Darren McHale (Irish)
Musicians: Neesan Danaher, John McCalmont, Partha Sarathi Mukherjee and Baluji Shrivastav


 

FRINGE FESTIVAL (1990):

An Asian Youth Dance Group Kalavrinda performing Indian folk dances at the largest arts festival in the world held in Edinburgh.


 

GURU POOJA – CICD STUDIO (2007):

As part of Guru Purnima, students of CICD paying their respect to Guru Nilima Devi and her Guru Pandit Sundarlal Gangani.


 

HANUMAN PUPPET MAKING (2011):

A three day event includes workshops making Hanuman the Mightiest puppet (who takes the form of a monkey), seven stories of Hanuman and, finally, a parade around Orton Square near the Curve Theatre with Hanuman puppet.


 

HASTEN SLOWLY (2013):

R&D project based on the book called Hasten Slowly written by Swami Chinmayananda. Hasten Slowly sharing project explores the themes of mental attitude and meditation.
Choreography: Nilima Devi and supported by Subathra Subramaniam
Dancers: Divya Kasturi and Iris Chan


 

HEALTH & CULTURE PROJECT PEPPUL CENTRE (2014):

Performance presentation by various women’s groups from Leicester taught by CICD’s dance teachers as part of dance and exercise project as part of ‘health benefits’. The project name is ‘Rasika’ and was supported by Awards for All.


 

IMAGES (2003):

Solo piece by Nilima Devi. Images is a collaborative blend of contemporary and classical Kathak dance repertoires mixing Western influences in its music and presentation. It portrays how migration from India to the West impacted on South Asian Classical artists in terms of integrating rhythm. Images yields contemporary movement vocabulary and innovative choreography.


 

INDIAN DANCE WORKSHOPS (1980s – 2017):

Taught in schools and communities by Nilima Devi and various visiting artists in the style of classical, folk, creative and storytelling. (CICD & Arts in Education initiative)


 

INDIAN SUMMER (1989 - 1992):

CICD students performing storytelling and folk dance at East Park and Abbey Park Summer Festival.


 

ISTD WORKSHOP WITH NILIMA DEVI (2001):

Nilima Devi leading a workshop at South Bank Centre, London.


 

JAINSAMAJ (1988):

Kathak performance by Jagdish Gangani of Jaipur Gharana at New Walk Museum with musicians.


 

JAPAN (2003):

Nilima Devi, collaborating with Nalini Toshniwal and her students, performing and conducting Kathak workshops in Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.


 

JAPAN REFLECTIONS (2004):

After working with Nalini Toshniwal and her students in Japan, a whole group of Nalini’s Japanese Kathak students travelled to Leicester. Nilima Devi conducted several workshops and training sessions together and presented a number of performances.


 

JUNGLE BOOK (1993):

A production based on Rudyard Kipling stories about “man-cub” Mowgli who is raised in the jungle by wolves, performed by school children in Kathak and creative styles. Indian dancing showed how Mowgli set fire in the forest.


 

KATHAK CONFERENCE (2000):

Photos taken as part of Kathak conference at Arts in Education, Knighton Fields Centre, Leicester.


 

KAHANI DIWALI (2006):

The story of Diwali as a colourful dance-drama, based on the epic Ramaen, performed by professional artists from India and UK, as well as students of CICD and children from Leicester schools and complemented with wonderful live music from India. This is an educational three cities project in partnership with Surtal Asian Arts from Derby, Asian Arts Council from Nottingham and the Centre for Indian Classical Dance from Leicester which brings everyone together to celebrate Diwali.


 

KARMAN BOOK LAUCH (2012):

Oral History Project of CICD culminated in creating a book illustrating history of Indian dance in the UK with special reference to Leicester as well as exhibition of CICD’s photographs of various Indian dance projects launched at LCB (Leicester Creative Business) Depot in Leicester. The launch was inaugurated by Councillor Manjula Soodh, as well as Dorothy Francis, CEO of CASE (Cooperative and Social Enterprise) and other dignitaries of Leicester and East Midlands.


 

KATHAK TARANA(1996):

Musical composition using special syllables such as TANA DERENA, DIR DIRTANI, DIM TANA, set to time cycle of 16 beats and performed at Haymarket Main House and Small Theatre by Kathak students training at Arts and Education and CICD. Choreographed by Nilima Devi MBE.


 

KATHAK PERFORMANCE BY COLLEGE STUDENTS (1997):

Students performing Kathak as part of residency training by Nilima Devi.


 

LEICESTER PARADE (2009):

‘Ramayana Carnival’ as part of spectacular Caribbean Carnival, celebrating culture and diversity of Leicester.


 

LOKA NRITYA (2004):

CICD presents folk dances of India performed by various community groups as well as CICD students. Choreography: Jayendra Kalyani
Venue: Y Theatre, Leicester


 

MELORY (1995):

Nilima Devi’s solo project ‘Melory’ (melody and rhythm) performed at the Chisen Hale Dance Space, London with musicians on tabla, Pinky Namdhari.


 

MILAP: KATHAK-ODISSI (1997):

‘Milap’ weaves together rhythmic improvisations and mythological stories combined with spectacular expressive movements, choreographed in a duet form. It articulately illustrates the aesthetic distinctions between the two magical Indian classical dance styles – Kathak and Odissi.
Dancers: Nilima Devi (Kathak) and Priya Pawar (Odissi)
Musicians: Vishwa Prakash, Baluji Shrivastava and Navinder Pal


 

MISRANA (2009):

As part of ISTD’s (Imperial society of Teachers of Dancing) National celebration of Indian dance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London presented by various Indian classical dance teachers in the UK.


 

MOVING ON CLASSICAL VS CONTEMPORARY (2011):

As part of CICD’s ‘Moving On’ project, an evening of classical and contemporary dance pieces performed by four male professional dancers at Curve Theatre, Leicester


 

MOVING ON SYMPOSIUM (2011):

CICD organised a National Symposium of South Asian dance and its future in the UK in partnership with Curve Theatre by inviting South Asian dance organisations and individual dance artist and companies.


 

NARTAN FESTIVAL LAUCH OF CICD (2005):

CICD organised Nartan Festival Launch at New Walk Museum, supported by Arts Council.


 

NARTAN FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE (2005):

Indian dance photographs of various dancers performing solo in Odissi style, African and Kathak dance, an extract from Urjah production performed with musicians and Kathak dancers from London presented by Akademi.


 

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NEW WALK MUSEUM CELEBRATION (2006):

As part of summer activities at New Walk Museum, Leicester, CICD presented some face painting and dance workshops as well as Indian Folk dance performance by youth groups.


 

NEW WALK MUSUEM WITH JAPANESE DANCER (1998):

Students of CICD performing with Japanese dancer as part of project with museum.


 

NILIMA DEVI (1998):

Solo performance by Nilima Devi at South Bank Centre as part of Summer Festival.


 

NILIMA DEVI IN INDIA (2004):

Kathak performance by Nilima Devi at Kirti Mandir, Baroda, India as part of Kathak festival organised by Jagdish Gangani.


 

NILIMA DEVI WITH HANS & MARTIN (1994):

Performing for Jain Samaj Function at Brahma Kumari Centre in London


 

NILIMA DEVI EARLY B & W (1973 – 1991):

Early black & white solo performance photos


 

NILIMA DEVI BLACK AND WHITE & COLOUR PHOTOS (1990-1997):

Photos of Nilima Devi in Kathak style presenting abstract and expressive poses.


 

NILIMA DEVI BOOK LAUNCH (2016):

An event to launch and celebrate ‘The Life Story of Mrs Nilima Devi, MBE: An Indian Classical Dancer in Leicester’ book by Kiyotaka Sato.


 

NILIMA DEVI AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE UK/INDIA YEAR OF CULTURE (2017):

Nilima Devi was invited by Her Majesty, The Queen to start the official launch of 70 years of UK – India Culture, along with other Indian artist and organisations from UK and India.


 

NILIMA DEVI IN GERMANY (1979/80):

Performing Kathak at Bochum University and presenting Kathak technique and storytelling from Ramayan.


 

NILIMA DEVI AT SCOTTISH CONGRESS WORKSHOP (1999 – 2000):

Kathak workshop led by Nilima Devi for Ballet students as part of Scottish Congress Event.


 

NILIMA DEVI KADAMB (1996):

Photos of Nilima Devi working on Kathak project at Kadamb Institute in Ahmedabad, India.


 

NILIMA DEVI LONDON (1998):

Solo Kathak performance of Nilima Devi at South Bank Centre.


 

NILIMA DEVI MBE CEREMONY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE (2013):

Photos of Nilima Devi taken while receiving MBE award from His Majesty, Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2013.


 

NILIMA DEVI MBE CELEBRATION (2013):

Nilima Devi’s contributions to South Asian dance marked with MBE award from Prince Charles who acted as the Queen’s representative at Buckingham Palace. The celebration ceremony was held in Leicester at City Rooms and CICD’s students gave some performances.


 

NILIMA DEVI PERFORMANCE AT SOAS (1988):

Nilima Devi’s Kathak performance at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as part of the annual showcase of the students’ union.


 

NILIMA DEVI PERFORMING IN INDIA (2006):

Kathak performance by Nilima Devi performing at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi organised by Richa Gupta and her dance institute.


 

NILIMA DEVI VARIOUS (1980 – 2005):

Solo performance photos, with Guru Rohini Bhate, school performance and photos with other Kathak dancers.


 

NRITYA BHARATI, INDIA, PUNE (1997-2002):

Photos of Nilima Devi’s visit to Nritya Bharati as part of Kathak training and collaborative work.


 

NRITYAM UK (2004):

Kathak collaboration between UK and Japan. Nalini Toshniwal and her students visiting UK to perform in Leicester at various places with Nilima Devi and her students. The project was given some financial assistance by Saskwa Foundation, London.


 

ODISSI WORKSHOP (2002):

A guest Odissi dancer from India, leading an Odissi dance workshop for CICD students.


 

ORAL HISTORY TRAINING (KARMAN) (2011):

As part of CICD’s oral history project, Collin Hyde giving training to volunteers and dancers on how to record interviews and transcribe into writing, so that those expressions by individuals can be added into oral archive in written form.


 

PANDIT DURGA LAL WORKSHOP (1989):

Kathak workshop with renowned Kathak dancer Pandit Durga Lal in Leicester.


 

PANDIT SUDER LAL GANGANI (1988-90):

Photographs of the great Kathak artist, musician, poet and Nilima Devi’s guru – Pandit Sunder Lal Gangani.

RAINBOW (1993):

Based on the philosophy of the Gita, an ancient Indian scripture, which describes the timeless and universal message. The dancers attempt to create the experience of oneness of humanity with divinity, but it was also acknowledged as an exquisite piece of modern group choreography in Kathak style.
Dancers: Nilima Devi & Company
Choreography: Kumudini Lakhia Music: Atul Desai.

ROSHAN DATYE WORKSHOP (2000):

Kathak workshop with renowned Kathak dancer Roshan Datye from Pune, India, in Leicester.

RITU SRINGAR (1991):

Performed at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester as part of the Leicestershire Festival of Drama and Dance. It showcased the six seasons of India through classical, folk and creative dances by hundreds of children from local schools and communities. Choreographed by Nilima Devi MBE and Piali Ray OBE.

SANGEET SABHA YOUTH MUSIC GROUP (1990-93):

Sangeet Sabha youth music group photos.

SANGEET SABHA PERFORMANCE (1997):

Performance of Kathak students as part of Sangeet Sabha performance at Haymarket theatre.

SINJINI DVD LAUNCH (2007):

The launch of the interactive educational Indian dance DVD called Sinjini at National Space Centre in Leicester. The DVD presents the history of Indian dance in the UK, as well as classical dance styles of India and music tradition.

SOUTHBANK CENTRE IN LONDON (1995):

Students of CICD and teachers performing as part of Summer Festival at South Bank in London

THE UGLY DUCKLING (1989-92):

Kathak dance-drama based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale. This production presented nearly 60 people aged 7 -55 performing Kathak, creative movement and folk dances. Choreography: Nilima Devi Music: Pandit Sunderlal Gangani and Pt Vishvaprakash

TRIANGLE (1993):

This innovative combination of classical Indian and modern dance centres loosely around the triangle theme in terms of choreography, performed by three dancers throughout the performances, combining pure dance (Nritta), dramatic expressions (Nritya), stylised (Natyadharmi) and natural movements (Lokadharmi) in a contemporary Kathak style. Dancers: Nilima Devi, Gita Lakhlani and Nayana Whittaker Musicians: Pandit Sunderlal Gangani, Sheetal Mukherjee, Roopa Panesar and Craig Vear

URJAH R&D AT RAC (2003):

As part of research and development project of ‘Urjah’ (Engery), Nilima Devi, Menaka Bora performing with North Indian classical singer and African drumming presented at Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester.

URJAH (2007):

The goddess Gayatri’s journey follows the energy of the sun. She is the ‘Creator’ during the early mornings; the ‘Preserver’ at midday and ‘Destroyer of Evil’ at dusk. We follow the rhythm of day and night, and the rotation of the seasons in Urjah. Four dancers combine contemporary style with a rich fusion of classical Kathak, Odissi and Bharatnatyam dance. Urjah is performed to specially commissioned music from Praveen Rao, acclaimed for his modern interpretation of the classical music of North India.

UTTSAVA (2003):

A celebration of vibrant South Asian classical and folk dances presenting youth groups and solo dancers from Leicester and the East Midlands. Venue: Richard Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

VARIOUS INDIAN DANCE WORKSHOP (1985 – 2009):

Workshops in schools and communities led by Nilima Devi and visiting artists from India and America, teaching Kathak and Folk Dances.

YUVA NRITYA (2011):

CICD presented Yuva Nritya performed by CICD’s youth dance group, alumni students, CICD’s own star dancer Aakash Odedra, performed Kathak, Kalari as well as guest artist Anusha Subramanyam, performing Bharatnatyam.

VYOM – DANCES OF THE SPHERES (2000):

Vyom... The limitless sky, birthplace of countless galaxies, solar systems and planets and, for centuries, a mystery to mankind. Through the expressive movements of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and creative dance combined with music and poetry, “Dances of the Spheres” provides a visual, aural and spiritual spectacle of the mythological and astrological characteristics of the planets. Performed by various dance groups and students of CICD. Choreography by: Roshan Datye

VYOM – INDIA (2002):

Nilima Devi and Aakash Odedra went to Pune, India to perform Vyom with dancers of Nritya Bharati Pune, Choreographed by Roshan Datye.

WEBSITE PHOTOS (1985 – 2011):

Selected photos of CICD students, Nilima Devi and Urjah Production Dancers.


 

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