Akademi was proud to present the Kuchipudi virtuoso Arunima Kumar to mark the start of UK-India Year of Culture 2017, at Buckingham Palace on Monday 27 February, by invitation from the High Commission of India.
Arunima Kumar and a talented team of artists performed Ekam, a dynamic presentation celebrating classical dances from India culminating into oneness. This new work was created especially for Her Majesty the Queen’s reception to mark the official start of UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
UK-India 2017 is a major bilateral year of cultural exchange. As part of this celebratory exchange programme, Akademi will create a new production The Troth, supported by the British Council/Arts Council England Reimagine India fund. The Troth goes into development this summer and tours in 2018. Follow Akademi on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about this exciting project.
“We have created history, not just for ourselves but also for India”
In the Press
Deccan Herald: Queen learns dance mudras with Indian dancer Arunima
Guests have started to arrive at the UK-India reception to be greeted by musicians and dancers at Buckingham Palace. pic.twitter.com/koBvMbvroQ
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 27, 2017
— India in the UK (@HCI_London) February 27, 2017
Video: Indian dancers inside the Grand Entrance at Buckingham Palace for the UK-India Year of Culture reception pic.twitter.com/yngjfBHvZ6
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) February 27, 2017
Produced by: Akademi
Choreography and creative direction: Arunima Kumar
Special thanks to: High Commission of India, The Nehru Centre and Sanjoy Roy.
Dance Artists: Arunima Kumar, Archna Patel, Bhagya Lakshmi Thyagarajan, Helene Lesage, Sanjona Showmi Das, Shivani Sethia, Jesal Patel, Elena Catalano, Debanjali Biswas
Music: Niraj Chag, Bikram Ghosh and Arunima Kumar Dance Company