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CICD & COMMUNITY VIDEO ARCHIVE

You can trace CICD’s history through multiple video recordings. 

These videos range from early 1980s to present, showing various projects created and performed by Nilima Devi, CICD’s students, teachers and community.

Video archive is divided into three categories.

 

 

CICD & Community |  Nilima Devi (Solo & Collaborative work)   |   Education


 

Kathak Performance (1987)

Kathak Performance (1987)

This dance piece begins with an invocation to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, as well as other gods such as Fire, Wind and Rain gods. This is followed by Kathak Nritta presenting various technical compositions such as Amad, Paran, Thaat, Todas, Tihais and Kathak footwork.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Harish Gangani, Kathak bols by Nilima Devi MBE

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE & CICD students

Venue: Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

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Fringe Festival (1990)

Fringe Festival (1990)

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

The performance begins with an invocation to various Hindu deities such as Prakriti (Nature), goddess Saraswati (Giver of Knowledge & Art) and universal gurus - The Creator (Brahma), The Preserver (Vishnu), The Destroyer of Evil (Shiva). This is followed by Kathak Tarana, musical and technical piece; Monsoon dance, performed in Kathak and creative style; Gujarati folk dance Garba; solo Tarana; Swan dance from the Ugly Duckling production, danced in the style of Kathak; Solo Rajesthani folk dance Ghummar; Tippani - Gujarati folk dance; and final piece Raas dance from Gujarat.

Choreographer: Nilima Devi MBE, Satish Shah & dancers

Music: Ashit Desai, Guru Pandit S. Gangani & Pandit Vishva Prakash

Location: Edinburgh, UK

 


 

Kathak Tarana & Folk Dances (1991)

Kathak Tarana & Folk Dances (1991)

Performed by students of CICD, this dance showcase presents Tarana, musicial composition using special syllables such as Tana, Derena, Dir Dir, incorporated with technical Kathak compositions. Second two pieces are folk dances from Gujarat - Garba (Clap dance) and Tippani (Using special sticks to press lime into house foundations or floors).

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE (Tarana) & Satish Shah (Folk)

Composer: Ashit Desai

 


 

News Report on South Asian Dance Festival (1991)

News Report on South Asian Dance Festival (1991)

It represents various Indian Classical and Folk dances performed by Indian dancers from all over the UK to celebrate South Asian Dance Festival in Bradford at Alhambra Theatre and the launch of 'AdiTi' - the National South Asian Dance organisation in the UK.

Composer: Baluji Shrivastav

 


 

Kathak in Different Rhythms (1991)

Kathak in different Rhythms (1991)

Students of CICD perform Kathak compositions danced to various time cycles such as Dadra (six beats), Zaptal (ten beats), Aektal (twelve beats), Dahmar (fourteen beats) and finishing with Tintal (sixteen beats).

Choreography: Guru Pandit S. Gangani & Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Guru Pandit S. Gangani

Venue: MOAT Community College, Leicester, UK

 


 

Holi Dance (1991)

Holi Dance (1991)

CICD Kathak dancers performing Holi song, Spring Festival dance, using creative, folk and expressive movements, danced to rythmic improvisations of music.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE

Dancers: Nimisha Patel, Shivani Satya, Dimpal Zavery, Jaymini Chauhan & Bhavita Jethwa

Music: Ashit Desai

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Folk Dances & Swan Dance (1991)

Folk Dances & Swan Dance (1991)

As part of community function, CICD presents two folk dances and one Swan Dance from The Ugly Duckling production in the style of Kathak. Performed by dancers from CICD and community.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE (Swan Dance) & Satish Shah and dancers (Folk Dances)

Music: Pandit Vishva Prakash, Guru Pandit S. Gangani (The Ugly Duckling) & Ashit Desai (Folk)

Venue: MOAT Community College, Leicester, UK

 


 

Folk & Kathak Dances (1991)

Folk & Kathak Dances (1991)

Dance piece begins with an invocation to various gods such as Brahma (The Creator), Vishnu (The Preserver), Shiva (The Destroyer), Indra (The Rain God), Varun (The Wind God), Agni (The Fire God). It is followed by Kathak technical compositions such as Thaat, Amad, Parans, Todas, Tihais and footwork improvisation.

Second piece is Gujarat Folk dance Garba, then the third dance is Rajasthani folk dance Ghummar. The folk dances are followed with Nilima Devi MBE performing Hori dance in Kathak style. Final two pieces are folk dances from Gujarat - Tippani and Raas dance.

Choreography: Guru Pandit S. Gangani & Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Guru Pandit S. Gangani (Kathak) & Ashit Desai (Folk)

Dancers: Kathak by Nilima Devi MBE, Gita Lakhlani, Nayna Whittaker & Nimisha Patel Folk dances by CICD and community dancers

 


 

Community Dance Showcase (1991)

Community Dance Showcase (1991)

Various folk dances are performed from Gujarat and Panjab by CICD and dancers from community. The first piece is Garba dance followed by Bedla (pot dance) from Gujarat and Ghummar from Rajesthan and Giddha from Panjab.

Choreography: Satish Shah & CICD dancers (Gujarati & Rajesthani Folk); Ravneet and dancers for Panjabi female folk Giddha

Music: Ashit Desai (Gujarati Folk)

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Bharatnatyam Duet (1991)

Bharatnatyam Duet (1991)

South Indian Classical dance Bharatnatyam performance for Tsunami fundraising event.

Dancers: Aakash Odedra & Archana Ballal

Venue: Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Aakash Solo (1991)

Aakash Solo (1991)

An invocation to universal trinity gurus / gods Brahma (The Creator), Vishnu (The Preserver) and Shiva (The Destroyer of Ignorance and Evil), danced in the style of North Indian Classical Kathak.

Choreography: Aakash Odedra

Music: Pandit Birju Maharaj

Dancer: Aakash Odedra

Venue: Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Moods & Melodies (1991)

Moods & Melodies (1991)

Performed by trainee dance Animateurs, presenting various human emotions danced to Kathak, Bharatnatyam and creative movements.

Choreography: Piali Ray OBE & Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Monsoon (1991)

Monsoon (1991)

Performed by trainee dance Animateurs, presenting various aspects of monsoon, danced in creative and classical dance styles.

Choreography: Bishaka Sarkar

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Invocation (1991)

Invocation (1991)

Invocation poem written by Jaydeva, the writer of Git Govinda in praise of Lord Krishna. Danced in the style of Bharatnatyam and creative movements.

Choreography: Piali Ray OBE

Dancers: Vaidhihi Pancholi, Smita Vadnerkar & Beejal Nayak

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Basant (1991)

Basant (1991)

Spring dance piece performed to classical movements of Kathak, Bharatnatyam as well as creative dance and facial expressions.

Choreographer: Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Ashit Desai

Dancers: CICD and trainee dance animateurs

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Triangle (1993)

Triangle (1993)

This innovative combination of classical Indian and modern dance centres loosely around the triangle theme. Performed by three dancers throughout the performance, combining pure dance (Nritta), dramatic expressions (Nritya), stylised movements (Natyadharmi), and natural movements (Lokadharmi) in contemporary Kathak style.

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE, Gita Lakhlani & Nayana Whittaker

Musicians: Pandit Sunderlal Gangani, Sheetal Mukherjee, Roopa Panesar & Craig Vear

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Rainbow (1995)

Rainbow (1995)

This is, as far as we know, the first Kathak dance production ever made on the Bhagavadgita, based on its abstract philosophy. It presents a range of human experiences involved in the drama of finding and realising the oneness of humanity and divinity.

Dancers present this theme in the form of North Indian Classical Kathak dance with contemporary group choreography and creative music.

Choreography: Kumudini Lakhia

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE, Nimisha Patel, Bhavita Jethwa, Jaymini Chauhan, Martin Amresh Menski, Dimple Zavery

Music: Atul Desai

Venue: Phoenix Arts, Leicester, UK

 


 

Indian Dance Showcase (1998)

Indian Dance Showcase (1998)

CICD presents showcase of Indian Kathak dance repertoires and folk dances of India. Nilima Devi performs Kathak technical pieces followed by students presenting an extract from 'Rainbow' production based on 'Bhagvad Gita' and Hori piece.

Choreography: Kathak technical: Nilima Devi MBE Rainbow & Hori piece: Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia

Folk dances: Dance teachers from Leicester

Venue: SouthBank Centre, London, UK

 


 

Kathak Performance (1998)

Kathak Performance (1998)

Venue: MOAT Community College, Leicester, UK

 


 

Vyom: Dances of the Spheres (2000)

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 movement of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and creative dance combined with music and poetry, "Dances of of the Spheres" provides a visual, aural and spiritual spectacle of the mythological and astrological characteristics of the planets.

Performed by CICD and various dance groups from Leicester

Choreography: Roshan Datye

Artistic Director & Producer: Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Kathak Conference (2000)

Kathak Conference (2000)

Kathak taranas performed by dancers from Akademi in London and CICD as part of National Kathak Conference in Leicester.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Knighton Fields Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nritya Sangit Sandhya (2002)

Nritya Sangit Sandhya (2002)

It presents creative dance by teachers in Leicester and Kathak Tarana by CICD students.

 


 

Uttsava (2003)

Uttsava (2003)

A celebration of vibrant South Asian classical and folk dances presenting youth groups and solo dancers from Leicester and the East Midlands.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE (Kathak), Chitra Bolar (Bharatnatyam), Priti Raithatha (Contemporary), Nimisha Parmar (Tribal), Hemal Pancholi (Garba), Vaidhihi Pancholi (Garba)

Music: Various composers

Venue: Richard Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Loka Nritya (2004)

Loka Nritya (2004)

CICD presents folk dances of India performed by various community groups and CICD dancers. The evening of Loka Nritya presents dances from different states of India such as Karkattam from South India, Chapeli from Uttar Pradesh, Koli Nrittya from Western India, Hori, Ghummar and Kalbelia dances from Rajesthan, Ghadwaal dance from Himachal Pradesh, Ghumro from Kashmir and Madiya tribal dance from Andrah Pradesh.

Choreography: Jayendra Kalyani

Venue: Y Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nartan Festival (2005)

Nartan Festival (2005)

A three-day event, including vibrant performances, a stimulating conference and a challenging choreography competition, designed to celebrate and showcase the strong presence of South Asian dance in the East Midlands, as part of 25 Years of CICD celebration. This video presents invocation and Kathak Sargam piece performed by CICD students, followed by Odissi solo performance by professional dancer from India and Kathak contemporary piece in a group choreography presented by Akademi from London.

Venue: Y Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Kahani Diwali (2006)

Kahani Diwali (2006)

Extracts taken from the Ramayana are beautifully and inspirationally revived to bring alive the story of Diwali as a colourful dance-drama, performed by professional artists, dancers from CICD, schools and community, complemented with wonderful live music from India. This in an educational Three Cities project (Derby, Nottingham & Leicester) which brings schools, arts groups, communities and businesses together to celebrate Diwali through a series of performing and visual arts activities which culminate in Diwali showcase of Ramayana story.

Choreography: Professional dancers as part of dance-drama

Music: Commissioned by Surtal Asian Arts in Derby

Venues: Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, UK Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Gurjar Garima (2006)

Gurjar Garima (2006)

This performance presents folk dances from Gujarat such as Garba, Tribal dance Bheel, Tippani, Bedla and Raas dance, performed by dancers from CICD and community.

Choreography: Nayna Whittaker, Nimisha Parmar, Priti Raithatha & dancers from Raas dance

Music: Ashit Desai and various composers from India

Venue: Y Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

News Report: MATV Leicestershire in Focus (2007)

News Report: MATV Leicestershire in Focus (2007)

News report covering Sanyukta performance by young people from schools and community, performing various Indian dance forms, supported by connecting communities fund.

Venue: Peepul Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Urjah (2007)

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 folllow the rhythm of the day and night, and the rotation of the seasons in 'Urjah'.

Four dancers combine contemporary style with a rich fusion of classical Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance. 'Urjah' is performed to specially commissioned music from Praveem Rao, acclaimed for his modern interpretation of the classical music of North India.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE & dancers

Music: Praveem Rao

Dancers: Sarah Witchlow, Manuella Benini, Kali Chandrasegaram & Aakash Odedra

 


 

Cultural Celebration (2010)

Cultural Celebration (2010)

Cultural Celebration presents a platform for all ages including CICD's own students, up and coming dancers and various community groups and schools to make this event a community celebration and our special contribution to strengthening Leicester's cultural vision of community cohesion.

In this archival video 'Cultural celebration' includes two dances pieces. The first piece is Kathak technical piece, beginning with an invocation, followed by several technical compositions and footwork. The second piece is Natraj - a contemporary piece combining movement vocabulary from Kathak, Bharatnatyam and creative dance.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE & Dimpal Chauhan & dancers

Venue: Peepul Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Yuva Nritya (2011)

Yuva Nritya (2011)

To begin 30 Years of Existence celebrations, CICD presented 'Yuva Nritya' (Youth Dance in Sanskrit). Youth groups, trained in various forms of Indian dance as well as CICD's alumni students performed as part of the evening programme. It begins with salutation to Ganesh, Saraswati and Guru Vandana, followed by Kathak Vilambit piece, Kathak Tarana, Kathak technical and extract from Rainbow production. Finished with finale dance by all the performers and quests artists Anusha Subramanyam and Aakash Odedra.

Venue: Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Moving On: National Symposium (2011)

Moving On: National Symposium (2011)

An opportunity for South Asian dance practitioners and organisations to come together to celebrate, share and debate the challenges we face. Event highlights include brilliant speakers engaged in topical discussions and a stirring evening performance - 'Indian Classical Vs. Contemporary'. The first dance piece was performed as part of the opening of the Symposium, dedicated to universal trinity gurus / gods. The creator (Brahma), the preserver (Vishnu) and the destroyer (Shiva). The prayer is incorporated with Kathak compositions and footwork.

The evening performance 'Indian Classical Vs. Contemporary' was performed by four male dancers, Kathak (Aakash Odedra), Bharatnatyam (Revanta Sarabhai & Ash Muhkerjee), Odissi (Sooraj Subramaniam)

Venue: Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Karman: A Living Archive (2012)

Karman: A Living Archive (2012):

Book launch and exhibition event 'Karman' explores the art and the aspirations behind the development of Indian dance in the UK over the past forty years. Featuring specially commissioned oral history interviews and unique archive photography that helps to uncover key personalities and performances from the East Midlands. The launch event begins with Ganesh invocation written by poet, guru Pandit S. Gangani, danced in the style of Kathak.

Dancers: Aaksh Odedra & Kesha Raithatha

Venue: LCB Depot, Leicester, UK

 


 

Hasten Slowly (2013)

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 & Iris Chan

Venue: Richard Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, UK

 


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