Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence in association with the Nehru Centre and Sur Bharti Women’s Collective has hosted a colourful programme titled ‘Indradhanush’, a visual poetry showcasing different folk and tribal dances from different regions of India. This was organised as a tribute to the UK-India Year of Culture.


Rarely showcased dance forms in the UK such as Pawara dance of Maharashtra, which originates from Dhule district, Gond Ghussati dance of Telangana State from Adilabad district and Hojagiri dance of Tripura State were presented, along with Santhali dance of West Bengal, Koya and Lambadi dances of Telangana, Kummi attam of Tamil Nadu, Lezhim of Maharashtra and Bagurumba of Assam.These dances have a distinct flavour and are unique to indigenous and tribal people of India presenting an authentic picture of their celebration of festivals, nature and culture and depicting the essence of their way of life.

The fitting finale was presented showing the unity in cultural diversity, through ‘Janani Janmabhumischa’, a tribute to India in Odiya Punjabi, Gujarati, Telugu, Sanskrit, Urdu, Kashmiri languages, praising her rich heritage.

Gondu Ghussati dance by Rajanikant Tadinada

Satish Desai OBE, who was in the audience expresses “The event was a resounding success. I particularly found the finale Janani Janmabhoomi breathtaking. Well Done”.

Sanskruti continues to research and present different folk arts, apart from providing training in Bharatanatyam and conducting workshops in different schools on the importance of dance and story-telling in Mythology. A brief presentation on some key milestones achieved by the centre was also presented.  The program was compered by Silpa Paruchuri working for BBC and the Mrs UK-India runner-up, and Sita Latha.

Vote of Thanks was presented by Ragasudha Vinjamuri, along with Sushil Rapatwar.



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