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11 April 2014

Meet the directors of two new approved dance centres that offer wholly Classical Indian dance

Kala Sangam, Bradford

Geetha Upadhyaya founded Kala Sangam in 1993 and since then it has been known for its commitment to the promotion of South Asian dance, now delivering to and supporting nearly 10 outreach centres. By becoming the ISTD’s first wholly Classical Indian dance Approved Dance Centre (ADC), the organisation is able to nurture and encourage Classical Indian dancers to further their careers as teachers by achieving recognised qualifications such as the DDI and DDE.

Geetha has been teaching in Malaysia and the UK for over 20 years and the success of Kala Sangam becoming an ISTD ADC reiterates her commitment to South Asian dance and dancers. South Asian Dance has been growing steadily in the UK and the recognition gained through Kala Sangam achieving ADC status is another important milestone, especially for Bradford, Yorkshire.

Contact: Dr Geetha Upadhyaya, tel: 01274 303340, email: geetha@kalasangam.org. Approved as an ADC on 13th August 2012.

Chitraleka Dance Academy, Birmingham

Chitraleka Bolar of Chitraleka Dance Academy is proud that her organisation has been granted Approved Dance Centre (ADC) status by the ISTD, making them the first dedicated Indian dance centre in the midlands, able to offer DDI and DDE qualifications in Classical Indian dance. This achievement has added enthusiasm to her role as teacher and mentor.

She feels that now, more than ever, is an important time for young artists to be guided towards a clear developmental pathway – one that the ISTD vocational examination route clearly provides. Her own students in the Midlands can now choose to pursue their first steps towards a career in Classical Indian dance through the DDI and DDE courses.

Chitraleka is grateful to the ISTD for helping foster diversity in the UK’s professional dance community, and furthering excellence in Bharatanatyam.

Contact: Chitraleka Bolar, tel: 0121 4783384, email: chitraleka.bolar@gmail.com. Approved as an ADC on 20th November 2013. 

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