Nrityakala The Rhythm was founded in 1986 as a school of Indian dance with the philosophy “learning through or rhythm” to teach, perform and introduce South Asian dance forms abroad.
To organize, collaborate and present events to showcase and promote the best of Indian classics through dance, music and the arts have been primary objective of the organization hence became a proponent of Indian Culture and Heritage in the U.K.
Since inception Nrityakala Dance Heritage produced innumerable shows, presented prominent dancers, musicians and artists, created shows involving professional, local artistes and students as well.
On invitation from various organizations and also from Councils the organization performed all over London, other cities in the U.K, Belgium, U.S.A, and in India. In recent times arranges few shows for the new productions and for the Cultural Wing of The Indian High Commission in London.
Working on sensitizing and retention of Indian culture and Heritage in the U.K and focusing on educational aspect related the national curriculum Nrityakala Dance Heritage produced educational oral History films, booklets.
The organization very skillfully makes use of ‘dance’ assimilating music, poetry, drama, visual art and literature, by doing so not only creates magic but deals with issues of the modern world, values as well as as retains heritage of home away from home.
Shows to present classical, folk and popular music Western music particularly classical to suit the theme of a show as well as creative work to juxtapose eastern and western style, work on the translation of literature of Indian language are the vital aims of Nrityakala Dance Heritage “Tasher Desh” in Hindi, Karna-Kunti, Trivial loss, Mother Earth, poems and songs and of Tagore are few examples
Production of CDs in Indian and English lanuage, workshops and art exhibitions are worth mentioning.
Presentation of work of the Organisation at The House of Lords on 23rd June 2004 has been a matter of honour and pride.
HERITAGE & EDUCATION
“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence”
Tagore Inspire, influence and encourage understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage of the South Asian arts in the UK and Internationally
In view of sustain and sensitize local community and younger generation about the wealth of rich Indian culture and heritage the organization apart from presenting shows , arrange workshops, make educational films and produce learning materials aiming to meet the school curriculum requirements for the schools on the U.K. Completed two projects “A glimpse of Bengal” in 2005 and “Legacy” in 2008 funded by prestigious Heritage Lottery Fund of England strengthening links between schools, Universities and communities of the U.K.
At Home in London (2005 ) An oral history film-Late Dr M Marland an educationist wrote in the introduction :
Educating Londoners to understand London
“The ethnic and cultural range of London in one of its strength, though it can also be a challenge….it helps the pupils in London whether themselves of minority ethnic or Anglo to focus from time to time on the range of Londoners, to know their backgrounds, what first brought their families to London and how people are able to cherish their cultural heritage whilst appreciating English and wider heritage of London…..The DVD (film) contains a range of interviews with Bengalis from India and Bangladesh who came to London from 1950s to 1980s.” DR Marland believes the film is designed to be an enriching experience not only for the Bengali pupils, but for all communities in London to to have feeling of Bengali language, culture and heritage.
“In pursuit of Love and Devotion” and “A Touch of Tagore”—explore the way Continental Indian culture in the U.K has been preserved, developed and embraced,
The films focusing on the Classical Manipuri Dance and Tagore Dance give the observer or a student an opportunity to learn to respect and treasure a great culture which became a part of heart and strength of Great Britain.
The films fill the quotient requirement of the National curriculum in the matter of Local and Global citizenship, History, Drama and Music.
DANCE, MUSIC & LITERATURE
Create a global platform for sharing interests in dance, music, art, culture and promote interaction between contemporary and traditional forms
Create a global platform for sharing interest in dance, music, art and culture and promote interaction between contemporary and traditional, presenting shows, vocal and instrumental recitals, art exhibitions and lectures.
Dance has always been a medium to express, interpret and present literature is in the productions by assimilating music, visual, poetry and other art forms apart from retaining Indian Classical Dance forms.
Since inception in 1986 producing dance theatre on poems and stories through translation is the central mission of Nrityakala Dance Heritage particularly the works of Rabindranath Tagore –the First Asian Nobel Laureate and globally known as the voice if India’ s spiritual heritage and a great living Institution.