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NILIMA DEVI 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


 

Nilima Devi in Baroda (1985)

Nilima Devi in Baroda, India (1985)

Solo Kathak piece presenting Bhajan to Lord Shiva followed by Kathak technical pieces such as Amad, Thaat, Parans, Todas, Tihais and footwork paltas. This is followed by Beethoven's piano concerto no. 1, then story telling Gat Bhav Kaliya Daman where Krishna defeats Kaliya and dances on its head.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Harish Gangani (tabla), Ridyanath Bhonsale, Bhavariya Sir (sitar) Dancer: Nilima Devi MBE

Location: University Auditorium, Baroda, India

 


 

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Nilima Devi & Guruji (1988)

Nilima Devi & Guruji (Pandit Sundarlal Gangani)

This is a solo classical Kathak dance performance, presenting various aspects of Kathak dance such as Doha (poetry) in Braj language in praise of Lord Krishna written by Pandit S. Gangani, followed by Kathak Amad, Uthaan, Parans, Toras, Tukras, Tihais, Kavit, Shivparan and elaborate and intricate footwork. Other dance pieces include Kathak Gat Bhav (Putana Gat), expressive pieces such as Ashta Nayika, Thumri, finishing with footwork.

Choreography: Guru Pandit S. Gangani

Music: Guru Pandit S. Gangani (tabla), Vishva Prakash (vocal & harmonium), Gulam Sarwar Sabri (tabla), Dharambir Singh (sitar)

Dancer: Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

A Fiercer Kind of Being (1989)

A Fiercer Kind of Being (1989)

A powerful dance-drama based on episodes from Indian tales which feature in the folk arts as well as the classical dances of India.

This video presents the first episode based on the life story of princess Mirabai, an ardent devotee of Krishna since her childhood until the end of her life. Apart from being a devotee, she has written many poems in praise of Krishna which are still alive in peoples lives.

Choreographer: Padmashree Pratap Pawar

Music: Baluji Shrivastav

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE, Piali Ray, Chitra Bolar, Indra Thaigarajah & Aspi Mullah

Venue: MOAT Community College, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nilima Devi & Kalavrinda (1991)

Nilima Devi & Kalavindra (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.

Choreography: Guru Pandit S. Gangani & Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Guru Pandit S. Gangani

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE, Gita Lakhlani, Nayna Whittaker & Nimisha Patel

Venue: MOAT Community College, Leicester, UK

 


 

Kathak Double Bill (1992)

Kathak Double Bill (1992)

This programme presents the first part of 'Kathak Double Bill' which begins with an invocation to Lord Ganesh. It is followed by Kite Flying story in Kathak style, Kathak Nritta (pure dance), finishing with Kathak danced to Beethoven's piano concerto no. 1

Kathak Double Bill was toured nationally.

Choreography: Nilima Devi & Pandit S. Gangani

Dancers: Nilima Devi, Gita Lakhlani, Nayna Whittaker, Shivani Satya & Nimisha Patel

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nilima Devi Solo Performance (1993)

Nilima Devi Solo Performance (1993)

Presenting various Kathak technical pieces such as Amad, Paran, Todas, Tihai and footwork. It is followed by Thumri, an expressive Kathak piece, written by Pandit S. Gangani, sung by Sheetal Mukerjee. Finishing with Kathak story-telling Putanagat where demoness Putana tries to kill baby Krishna by feeding her breast milk, but instead she herself gets killed.

Choreography: Pandit Sundarlal Gangani & Nilima Devi

Music: Pandit Sundarlal Gangani, Sheetal Mukerjee, Carl Peberdy, Keiran Taylor

Venue: Phoenix Arts, Leicester, UK

 


 

Draupadi Krishna Gat (1997)

Draupadi Krishna Gat (1997)

This Kathak solo by Nilima Devi MBE presents three pieces.

First piece presents the Game of Dice story from Mahabharat where Pandavas loose everything including their wife Draupadi. Kauravas disgrace Draupadi by pulling off her sari in front of all dignitaries in the palace. Draupadi prays to Lord Krishna who comes to rescue her by providing the endless supply of sari. Second piece shows Kathak technical style, presenting the compositions of Pandit S. Gangani. Third piece presents spring festival Hori, sung by Atul Desai and choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia.

Dancer: Nilima Devi MBE

 


 

Nilima Devi and Kalavrinda (1997)

Nilima Devi and Kalavrinda (1997)

Repertoires of Kathak presenting poems written by Pandit S. Gangani. The first piece presents the description of Brahma - the Creator and its universe in a form of mathematical counting. It is followed by Sundar kahe kathak katha, the origin of Kathak. Then it presents Kathak Tarana, followed by Ashta Nayikas and Kathak talas.

Performed by students of CICD

Choreography: Pandit Sunderlal Gangani & Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Kathak Gharanas (1997)

Kathak Gharanas (1997)

Special collaborative project between three professional Kathak dancers presenting Kathak invocation to Lord Shiva, Kathak technical pieces, Kathak story-telling and expressive piece describing nature and its seasons, finishing with Kathak tarana and Sawal Jawab.

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE, Priya Pawar & Sujaita Banerjee

 


 

Guildhall Performance (1997)

Guildhall Performance (1997)

A collaboration between three Indian Classical Dance styles, performed by Kathak - Nilima Devi MBE, Bharatnatyam - Dr. Gita Upadhyay, Odissi - Priya Pawar.

The performance begins with an invocation followed by Kathak solo by Nilima Devi performing the story of Sita Haran from Ramayan, then Kathak musical piece Tarana, finishing with Trio collaboration in Jugal Bandhi.

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE, Priya Pawar & Gita Upadhyay

Venue: Guildhall, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nilima Devi & Priya Pawar in India (1998)

Nilima Devi & Priya Pawar in India (1998)

Presenting Kathak invocation, technical, story-telling and Jugalbandhi.

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE & Priya Pawar

Location: India

 


 

Brahmari (2000)

BRAHMARI (2000)

R&D contemporary - Kathak piece, danced to harp music.

Choreography: Sue Rosenbloom

Dancer: Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Knighton Fields Centre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Katha Kahe so Kathak (2002)

Katha Kahe so Kathak (2002)

Nilima Devi dedicated 'Katha Kahe so Kathak' to composer and guru Pandit Sunderlal Gangani. The show presents some of the Pandit Gangani's finest poems written in the ancient Braj language. It explores various expressive Kathak elements, including Pada, Sawaiya, Thumri and a poetic form of Ginati, elaborating on unique technical compositions rarely experienced by audiences outside India.

Dancer: Nilima Devi MBE

Venue: Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nilima Devi in Japan (2002)

Nilima Devi in Japan (2002)

Nilima Devi performing Kathak technical, poetry and Draupadi Gat Bhav for Japanese Indian dance organisation 'Ruchika' as part of cultural presentation.

 


 

Nrityam - Japan (2003)

Nrityam - Japan (2003)

Collaborative project between UK and Japan presenting Kathak solo by Nilima Devi dancing to Pad in praise of Krishna, followed by Tarana duet and Japanese story performed by Japanese professional dancer, Nalini Toshniwal and Nilima Devi.

Choreography: Guru Pandita Rohini Bhate (Krishna Pad), Nilima Devi MBE (Tarana) & story-telling by three dancers

Location: Kyoto, Japan

 


 

Images (2003)

Images (2003)

This solo performance offers glimpses of the challenges and achievements of 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, nevertheless inspired by the great Kathak maestros and choreographers of India.

Choreography and Dancer: Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Baluji Shrivasta

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Flaming Feet (2003)

Flaming Feet (2003)

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. Both dance forms combine dance techniques of their respective styles and story-telling performed in a duet form.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE & Darren McHale

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE (Kathak) & Darren McHale (Irish)

Musicians: Neesan Danaher, John McCalmont, Partha Sarathi Mukherjee & Baluji Shrivastav

Venue: Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK

 


 

Nrityam (2004)

Nrityam (2004)

A collaborative project presenting Nilima Devi and Nalini Toshniwal and her students from Japan.

Choreography: Nilima Devi MBE

Music: Guru Pandit S. Gangani

Dancers: Nilima Devi MBE & Nalina Toshniwal

Venue: Sparkenhoe Community Centre, Leicester, UK

 


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