Nupur Arts: Nartan Online Series 2020

Our Curve Affiliate Company Nupur Arts presents the Nartan Online Series 2020, a celebration of Indian classical, folk-dance and music. Supported by Curve and Arts Council England, this is the sixth edition of the Nartan Series which usually takes place at our theatre each year.

From Sat 11 Jul you can experience the grace, fluidity, beautiful technique and rhythm of vibrant Indian classical and folk dance from the comfort of your own home with videos premiering live on Nupur Arts’ YouTube channel.

Nartan Online showcases the best of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam. Enjoy Hindustani and Carnatic music and instruments like Khartaal, Dhol, Tabla, Ghatam, Mridangam and many more. For the first time this year Nartan Series 2020 will also showcase various Indian folk-dance forms from Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab.

“Lockdown has affected many artists with a long term impact on the industry. So with the Nartan series Nupur arts are glad to be able to support a range of artist across the UK” – Smita Vadnerkar, Artistic Director of Nupur Arts.

Scroll down to enjoy all of the performances so far.

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Rajasthani Folk Music by Pulkit Sharma and Dr Mukesh Sharma

Dr. Mukesh Sharma and his son Pulkit perform Rajasthani music pieces Jhirmir Jhirmir, Lolee and Gorbandh, as well as a dhol solo.


Rajasthani Folk Dance by Neha Patel

In this video Neha Patel, Artistic Director of Sarjan Nartan Academy India & UK, performs Ghoomar, a traditional and enthusiastic dance from Rajasthan, Terah Taal, one of the most popular Rajasthani folk dances which involves the skilful use of Manjeeras (or cymbals) attached to various parts of clothing, with folklore-inspired Kalbeliya songs and dances.



Marathi Folk Music by Rajasi Vaidya-Lohokare

Rajasi Vaidya-Lohokare performs folk music from the state of Maharashtra, including Lavani, a combination of song and dance. The word ‘Lavani’ is derived from the word Lavanya, which means ‘beauty’. Lavani aims to take various aspects of social life such as politics, religion, romance, etc. and present them in an entertaining form.

Marathi folk dance by Ketaki Kulkarni-Deshpande

Performer, choreographer and Kathak teacher Ketaki Kulkarni-Deshpande presents a medley of two Lavani songs – Apsara Aali & Vajle Ki Bara (both from the movie ‘Natrang’) and Lallati Bhandara, a Jogwa-dance (from the movie ‘Jogwa’).


Punjabi Folk Music by Indi Singh Soor

Indi Singh Soor, founder and head of the Leicester-based Dhol drumming band DEA, performs Punjabi folk music using traditional instruments including the Tumbi, Alghoza, Chimta and Dhol.

Punjabi Folk Dance by Ravneet Kaur

In this video multi-award winning dance artist Ravneet Kaur performs a selection of traditional Punjabi folk dances. The styles include Bhangra (which refers to several forms of folk dance and music that originate in the Punjab region of India), Gidha (often considered to be derived from the ancient dance known as the ring dance and is just as energetic as Bhangra) and Jhumar (a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Multan).


Bharatanatyam Dance by Suhani Dhanki Mody

A disciple of Guru Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Suhani Dhanki Mody has been learning the Thanjavur tradition of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of her Guru since 15 years in the Shastra (theory) and Sampradaya (practice) methodology. Bharatanatyam is a dance of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It traces its origins back to the Natyashastra, an ancient treatise on theatre written by the mythic priest Bharata. Originally a temple dance for women, Bharatanatyam often is used to express Hindu religious stories and devotions.

Bharatanatyam Dance by Sruthi Sailesh

Sruthi Sailesh is a young dancer who has performed across the world both as a soloist and in groups. A current masters student at the University of Leicester, Sruthi believes dance is a beautiful connection to life in this journey.

This performance will premiere on YouTube at 6pm on Sun 9 Aug.


Odissi Dance by Pallabi Basak Vijay

Dance artist, choreographer and teacher Pallabi Basak Vijay performs a number of Odissi dances. A major ancient Indian classical dance, Odissi originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha – an eastern coastal state of India.


Kuchipudi Dance by Payal Ramchandani

Payal Ramchandani is a dancer with 27 years of overall experience including training and performances on the global stage. Kuchipudi is considered one of the toughest forms of Indian classical dance that originated in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

This performance will premiere on YouTube at 6pm on Sat 8 Aug.