July 12, 2019 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Asia House
63 New Cavendish St
Marylebone, London W1G 7LP
£8-10 [Free for students]

Join Akademi in the second of our Dance Dialogue series: Rukmini Vijayakumar, a noted Bharatanatyam artist and actor from India, in an artistic conversation Vena Ramphal.

Akademi brings to you an exclusive partnering with eloquent Bharatanatyam artist and actor Rukmini Vijayakumar with Vena Ramphal a media celebrity, scholar and a practicing Bharatanatyam dancer.

This conversation will frame classical Indian dance and its relevance in a global contemporary context. Rukmini will share her experience in creating and touring work that adheres to traditional vocabulary while experimenting with context and presentation. This sumptuous pairing of two eminent women will be a warm and uplifting insight into a modern cultural India.

Produced by Akademi with support from Arts Council England and Asia House.

Who’s involved

Vena Ramphal is a Dance and Wellbeing specialist. In summer 2019 she is launching ‘The Shape Of Stillness: Dance and Wellbeing’ events to bring unforgettable experiences of wellbeing to public, private and corporate settings. Trained in classical Indian dance Vena has performed for royalty, prime ministers and celebrities around the world. Her dance performances have been featured on the BBC and Channel 4. 

Asia House is the Centre of Expertise on Asia. They drive political and economic engagement between Europe and Asia through their programme of events, featuring thought leaders and opinion formers; through their policy and advisory services; and through their research activity. They also create greater cultural understanding between Europe and Asia through our Arts and Learning programme.

Rukmini Vijayakumar is the Director of her Classical Dance Company Raadha Kalpa and her art space LshVa, in Bangalore, India. After an initial exposure to ballet, she pursued a training and rigorous practice in Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of renowned practitioners. She later graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet. She is an avid yoga practitioner and has Studied Human Anatomy and Physiology at the Boston University. Rukmini’s productions have toured the world and have been appreciated by audiences. She is also an actor recognised for the roles that she has played in several Indian Films and Theatre performances.

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