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Akademi at 40: APOTHEOSIS (2019)

Presented at the Hotung Gallery in The British Museum, Friday 15 November 2019. 

Classical Indian dance performed in response to the South Asian collection on display at the gallery.

“Very high quality. ”

Audience member

Utterly enthralling dancers in Hotung Gallery British Museum this afternoon and evening as part of Akademi’s 40th anniversary celebrations!”

Dr Sushma Jansari

Curator, South Asian Collection, The British Museum

A peek into the history of South Asia through two powerful instruments of imparting cultural heritage – sculpture and performing arts – one frozen in time and the other ever-evolving. In this culminating event in Akademi’s 40th anniversary programme, audience got to experience the artistry, fluidity and variance of Indian Classical dance styles performed on traditional music against the backdrop of the exquisite sculptures in the Hotung Gallery.


Consultant Director: Divya Kasturi
Dancers: Archita Kumar, Odissi Ensemble (Elena Catalano, Kavita Kaur and Maryam Shakiba), Upahaar School of Dance (Daniella Zak Zara Varghese and Piya Verma), Payal Ramchandani and Suhani Dhanki. Musician:

Akademi 40th anniversary Producer: Nina Head
Images: Simon Richardson
Film: James Williams

Supported by

Arts Council England and The British Museum.

Special thanks to

Richard Blurton, Sushma Ansari and Freddie Matthews from The British Museum.