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Focus on: Dance in India

From the editor

South Asian Dance has now been part of the UK dance ecology for a significant period of time. As members of the diaspora take a more active and visible part in our communal and cultural lives they, their dances and dance influences have become more visible too. If we are to truly develop the richness and diversity of our total dance ecology we have to value and embrace a much wider understanding of the diversity of our artform and our diverse contributions as artists, teachers and leaders and demonstrate more interest in the common wealth of dance than just what we know.

In that context this year's international focus looks at community dance practices and interventions in India, a country with which we have a rich and complex historical relationship and in the 21st century as it develops its economy and place on the world stage, one which we will have to have a rich relationship in the future.

I am deeply indebted to Foundation Board member Anusha Subramanyam for her immense guidance and wisdom in putting this focus together. The issue also celebrates in pictures Big Dance, part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and features an article by Jürg Koch about his approach to inclusive dance practice in Higher Education in the USA.

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
North West Link Up, Liverpool. Photo: David Munn
Celebrating Big Dance 2012
Images of the extraordinary people and places from the UK's biggest ever celebration of dance
Donald (centre), Hunt & Darton Café, Edinburgh Festival with Fletcher the Butler. Photo: Alice Bain
Biggest, boldest, brightest, best
Donald Hutera would award medals to some – but not all – of the summer’s most ballyhooed dance extravaganzas
The focus: Dance in India
Wonderful Beast production of Little Red Chunni. Photo: Vipul Sangoi
Focus on India - an introduction
For our international edition this year we have chosen to focus on community dance in India
Chhau dancers demonstrating at Spaces in Chennai. Photo: Vipul Sangoi
Asserting dance in Indian culture
An overview by Dr Sunil Kothari with Anusha Subramanyam and Ken Bartlett
Villagers watching a show of performance on the need for planned families, Jharkhand
Darpana’s community theatre
Renowned dancer and cultural activist Mallika Sarabhai describes her work in the arts for social transformation
Astad Deboo Dance Company. Photo: Vipul Sangoi
Breaking boundaries
Pioneering dance artist Astad Deboo has lead the field over the last 40 years in widening access to dance and is a role model for artists across India seeking to reach out into communities
Visually challenged dancers: do not look at our disability, look at our ability
Visually impaired dancers in Bangalore
Teacher and choreograher Dr Suparna Venkatesh talks to Dr Sunil Kothari about her work with Articulate Ability, an organisation supporting differently abled dancers
Darshana Jhaveri, leading Manipuri exponent. Photo: Vipul Sangoi
Manipuri dances
Award-winning choreographer and teacher, Priti Patel, introduces Manipuri dance and describes the development of Anjika, her school in Kolkata
Saroj Khan, Bollywood’s leading choreographer. Photo: Vipul Sangoi
Bollywood Dancing: Dance in Hindi films in India
Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet and critic, reflects on the importance of film dance in Indian popular culture
Bhagawad Gita on wheels, a complete Sanskrit production. The wheelchairs transform into a chariot.
No limits
Syed Saluddin Pasha on his work with disabled people, wheelchairs and crutches with Indian dance styles
Sangeeta performing with children
Martram – ‘create change’
Sangeeta Isvaran is a choreographer, performer, researcher and social activist who has developed her own practice of community theatre with many marginalised groups and here writes about some of her work
Dance and disabled people
Participants IDSI 2010. Photo: Tim Summers
Of ghettos and ivory towers
Jürg Koch discusses integrated dance and dance in Higher Education
Professional practice
Foundation for Community Dance Summer School 2012. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Helping to create reflective practitioners
Anna Leatherdale tells us about FCD’s brand new online Development Needs Analysis toolkit (DNA), for artists and practitioners