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Abhilekh Project

“Abhilekh” is an Indian word in the Sanskrit language for Archive. In celebration of 35 years of the Centre for Indian Classical Dance and UK-India 70 Years of Culture we have been creating our own “Abhilekh” in partnership with Leicester Museum Services, Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland's Record Office, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over the years, CICD collected a vast amount of video, photographic, costume, publicity and media materials which are finally going to be easily accessible for a wider public interested and fascinated by South Asian dance.

It is an extensive record of our exciting pioneering dance productions presented at various professional venues since the 1980s. We have had so many talented groups of young people coming through our doors training in various aspects of Kathak dance. We have also worked with various community groups in Leicester and the East Midlands promoting Indian Classical Dance as well as folk and creative dance styles through the Indian Dance Animateur Project. CICD had various visiting professional dancers, dance gurus and choreographers from India and the UK to work on various projects, giving dance residencies, master-class workshops and summer school training. Nilima Devi MBE, the pioneering Kathak exponent, has also collaborated with various dancers and musicians on dance projects. She has also performed numerous beautiful solo works herself. Most of CICD’s and Nilima Devi’s dance projects were supported by Arts Council England.