Pushpalata Dance Co
Past Events

PARALLEL WORLDS

2016
28 February 2016 at Bahaven Centre

2015
23 May at Morley College, Westminster
6 June at Watermans Arts Centre
13 June at Vishwa Hindu Temple, Southall

A collaboration with Shamaa Dance Company.

A vibrant and soulful dance production, exploring the confluence of Bhakti (Hinduism) and Sufi-ism (Islam) through Indian classical dance, creative movement and an eclectic selection of poetry from 12th Century India onwards accompanied by evocative live music.

Choreography by Priya Pawar and Sushma Mehta.

 



RITU RANG (The Colours of the Seasons)

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

7 May 2012 at 12 noon-1 pm & 2.30 pm-3.30 pm

Ritu Rang is Community Outreach Event. Kathak, Odissi, Flamenco and Folk dance depict the six seasons in India: Grishma, Varsha, Sharad, Hermant, Shishir & Vasant. It is performed by Pushpalata dancers with live music by Pandit Vishwa Praskash and Sushma Mehta (vocals), Devipriya Sarka (sitar and vocals), Diego Roque (guitar), Anil Sandhu and Dipak Sahai (tabla).

 



DAS MAHA VIDYA

Ten Forms of the Mother Goddess

Sat 19 March 2011 at Vishwa Hindu Kendra, Southall

The portrayal in dance of the ten different forms of Shakti, or Devi as she is also known. Pushpalata performs this challenging item in the styles of Kathak and Odissi. Local priests helped with the text and new music has been especially composed.

Artistic Direction

Music Direction

Script & Research

Chanting

Commentary/Vocals

Percussion

Sitar

Dancers

 

Priya Pawar

Pandit Vishwar-Prakash

Pandit Angesh

Pandit Prashant

Sushma Mehta

Munthan Mehta

Debi Priya

Pushpalata Dancers

 

Links to Youtube video (in three parts):   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzzVIm5q_dU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBNNwko5PJ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWV0vfOKcds

 



ON SHOW

Royal Albert Hall, London

Sat 25 September 2010 at 3pm

Pushpalata takes part in On Show, an event which takes place only once in every five years.  It brings together over 900 performers from 27 different dance styles – a magical journey, truly bringing dance together in one place for one afternoon only.

 

From the Indian Dance Group to Swamp Circus, from Latin American to Cheerleading, the show will demonstrate the strength and diversity of movement and dance in the UK in a way which few others can.

 

For more information  visit www.ccpr.org.uk/onshow

 



     
KATHAK WORKSHOP

2 - 5 February 2010.  Four workshops in Oslo, Norway.

 

   
     



STORY FROM PUNJAB

30 & 31 January 2010 at Opera House, Oslo, Norway

A dance-drama presented by Jalwa.  There was a full house for both performances.

Direction: Morten Krogh

Choreography: Priya Pawar and Navreet Kaur

Music: Shrilarl Sahapal.  

Dancers: Lavleen Kaur, Sunita Dhir, Kewal Dhaliwal, Priya Pawar, Lakha Singh, Raovarinder Singh.  

 

 



KATHAK, ODISSI & FOLK DANCE SHOWCASE
Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

14 November 2009 at Paul Robeson Theatre, Hownslow.  The programme started with an item called Basic Discipline of Kathak.  It was followed by Saraswati Vandana, Guru Vandana, Open Kathak, Odissi Dance, Tarana, Marathi Folk Dance, Ghazal.  The final item was a Sawaal Jawaab.

   
     



ODISSI AT RE-OPENING OF MARIANNE NORTH GALLERY, KEW GARDENS

Marianne North was born in 1830, the daughter of Frederick North MP.  After his death in 1869 she devoted her life to flower painting, travelling widely, often alone, to the South Asia, the Far East, Africa and Australia and the Americas.

In 1879 she presented her collection of paintings to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  The Marianne North Gallery, opened in 1882, today contains 832 of her distinctive oil paintings.

Pushpalata performed in the Marianne North Gallery to mark its re-opening after extensive refurbishment in 2009.  There was also an outdoor performance.

 
     



EYOND BOUDARIES
Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

17 July 2007 as part of the Earls Court Festival and 6 October at Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow.  

The programme featured Tarana/Pallavi presented by Pushpalata, an item in which Kathak and Odissi are skilfully interwoven.

Also featured was Jal – The Multi-Faced Liquid presented by Shamaa Dance in Kathak and Contemporary dance styles. 

 
     



     
TAVAZIVA AND PUSHPALATA
Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

27 October 2006 at Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

An evening shared with Tavaziva dance company as part of Black History Month.  Pushpalata presented Kathak and Odissi items.

 
     



THE DOLL'S HOUSE
The National Theatre, Oslo

1 & 2 September 2006 at The National Theatre, Oslo in the Ibsen Stage Festival

Priya Pawar and dancers from Damini House of Culture (founded by Shikha Chandra) perform Kathak in Ibsen's The Doll's House.  Choreography by Priya Pawar.

The Ibsen Festival 2006 is the National Theatre's main event during the Ibsen year, a year that commemorates that it is 100 years since Norway's most influential poet and author Henrik Ibsen died.

Rehearsal with musicians for Henrik Ibsen's 'The Doll's House'




MUSICAL FEET
Paule Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

7 October 2005 at Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

Kathak and Odissi presented by Pushpalata and Shamaa dance companies.

   
     



MUSICAL FEET
Paule Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

7 October 2005 at Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

Kathak and Odissi presented by Pushpalata and Shamaa dance companies.

   
     



KATHAK, CHAU & MODERN DANCE
Damini House of Culture, Oslo

3, 4 & 5 June 2005 at Damini House of Culture, Oslo, Norway

Choreography by Priya Pawar, Nina Lill Svendsen and Santosh Nair.

Contact:  Shikha Chandra  98446960

 
     



     
ODISSI WORKSHOP WITH PRIYA PAWAR
Amor de Dios, Madrid

19 & 20 March 2005 at Escuela Amor de Dios, Madrid, Spain.  All levels are welcome.

   
     



ODISSI PRESENTATION by PUSHPALATA
Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

30 September 2004 at Paul Robeson Theatre.

The evening is the culmination of the Odissi workshops conducted by Guru Hare Krishna Behera from India and concludes with an Odissi item performed by Priya Pawar.  Kathak students also take part.

 
     



GURU HARE KRISHNA BEHERA - ODISSI WORKSHOPS

Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

10 – 29 September 2004 at Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow and The Windmill Community Centre, Ealing.

The eminent Odissi guru Hare Krishna Behera has been invited to the U.K. by Pushpalata Dance Company to hold workshops over a three-week period in September.  He is Odissi guru to Priya Pawar, Pushpalata's artistic director.

 
     



KATHAK MEETS FLAMENCO 

AND

CHITRANGADA

An acclaimed performer of Northern Indian Classical, Kathak and Odissi dance, Priya Pawar has pioneered 'Kathak-Flamenco' and presents this unusual yet vibrant combination.  The Amazing spectacle commences with each dancer establishing their individual Indian and Spanish dance forms, eventually merging together into fluid movements and uplifting beats.

Chitrangada  The evening culminates in a unique dance drama based upon work composed by the Indian Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

A workshop for those interested in learning these dance styles will be held prior to the performance.  Please contact venue for further details.

 

Sat 27 March 2004 at 7.30 pm  Workshop 2.00 - 4.00 pm

Dominion Arts Centre  The Green, Southall, Middlesex

for International Woman's Day

020 8843 1227  (box office)

Sun 29 June 2003 at 2.00 pm Workshop 5.00 - 7.00 pm

Vishwa Hindu Kendra  Lady Margaret Road, Southall

Sat 21 June 2003 at 7.30 pm     Workshop 2.00 - 4.00 pm

Paul Robeson Theatre  Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow

0845 4562840  (box office)

Sat 14 June 2003 at 8.00 pm     Workshop 3.00 - 5.00 pm

The Bull  68 High Street, Barnet

020 8449 0048  (box office)

 



     

A NIGHT WITH PRIYA PAWAR

Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford

 

Friday 28 March 2003 at 7.45 pm

Watermans  40 High Street, Brentford

020 8232 1010  (box office),  www.watermans.org.uk

An acclaimed performer of North Indian classical Kathak and Odissi dance, Priya Pawar has pioneered 'Kathak-Flamenco' and presents this unusual, yet vibrant combination.

The amazing spectacle commences with each dancer establishing their individual Indian and Spanish dance forms, eventually merging together into fluid movements and uplifting beats.

This culminates in 'The Flute', a unique dance piece based on the epicBhagavad Gita and featuring live musicians.

Experience the true splendor where East and West dance forms fuse...

The performance includes a showcase of fresh, young performers from Brentford School for Girls, who have developed and refined their Kathak dance skills through guidance by Priya.

 



THE FLUTE

Hindu mythology and epics hold the belief that among the 10 God incarnation, Krishna alone is endowed with all the 16 Kalas or attributes, making him a complete God - the Supreme Being.

Wise and valorous, he was loving and loved, far seeing and yet living for the moment, gifted with sage-like detachment and yet intensely human.  

Come with us as we journey to Brindaban to relive moments from Krishna's youth.

 

1 August 2003

Vishwa Hindu Kendra  Lady Margaret Road, Southall

18 May 2003

Mitchell Theatre  Granville Street, Glasgow

28 March 2003

Watermans Arts Centre  40 High Street, Brentford

1 March 2003

Studio AO4  Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1

13 November 2002

Asha Day Care Centre  Townfield Site, Central Avenue, Hayes, Middx

22 September 2002

Vishwa Hindu Kendra  Lady Margaret Road, Southall, Middx

 



WORKSHOP WITH PRIYA PAWAR

AND DEMONSTRATION PERFORMANCE

Thur 3 October 2002     7.00 - 10.00 pm

Under Ground Theatre  Eastbourne Cnetral Library

 

 



PRIYA PAWAR

Miercoles 28 Agosto 2002

Suristan  Calle de la Cruz No 7,  Madrid 28012  

Tel. 91 532 3909   www.suristan.com    suristan@suristan.com

Danzas Kathak y Odissi del norte del la India

Priya Pawar es una artista que brilla con luz propia en el mundo internacional de la danza clasica india.  Se la admira y valora como vehiculo y guarda del estilo de Jaipur en danza Kathak.  Ademas, tambien es una fascinante bailarina de Odissi.  Desde 1972 Priya ha sido considerada como una artista de 'grado superior' por el ICCR (consejo indio para las relaciones culturales) y enviada al extranjero para representar a India como miembro de varias delegaciones.  Priya ahora es conocida en el mundo con credenciales impecables, se la ha concedido el titulo de 'bailarina celestial' por los medios.  Residente en el Reino Unido, Priya realiza regularmente su trabjo entre India y Europa.

 



KATHAK & ODISSI   Artistic Director - Priya Pawar

17 November 2001   Saturday at 7.30 pm

Dominion Arts & Cultural Centre  112 The Green, Southall

020 8568 0916   (box office)

   
     



CHITRANGADA   Artistic Director - Priya Pawar

Written in 1937, Chitrangada is one of the most successful and widely performed works composed by the Indian Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.  The mythological episode from the epic Mahabharata in a very delicate and searching way details the tender moods and scintillating emotions of immortal bitter-sweet love affair between Arjuna (the third of the Pandavas, who was an unassailable warrior and unrivalled in archery) and Chitrangada, the rather unattractive princess of Manipur.

Gratified by the devotion and worship of the king of Manipur, Lord Shiva granted him a boon that only sons be born to his family.  Despite that, when princess Chitrangada was born, she was brought up as a male heir and trained in manly pursuits; she excelled in martial techniques to become an expert warrior.  Arjuna, while traveling far and wide during the twelve year' commitment to celibacy, happened to arrive in Manipur and met Chitrangada amongst dense forest trees and white mountain peaks.  Thus begins this illustrious and moving story ...

 

22 September 2001   Saturday at 7.45 pm

Paul Robeson Theatre  Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow

020 8583 2345   (box office)

9 June 2001   Saturday at 8.00 pm

The Bull  68 High Street, Barnet EN5 5SJ

020 8449 0048   (box office)