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Pulse Summer 2016 — Issue 133 ISSN 1476-6019 Published by Kadam Asian Dance and Music c/o The Carnival Centre 3 St Mary’s Road, Luton LU1 3JA +44 7905 268887 Editorial Team Commissioning Editor Sanjeevini Dutta


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Assistant Editor Gopa Roy

Editorial and Marketing Assistant Parbati Jill Chaudhury

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Design Art Director Pritpal Ajimal Photography Director Simon Richardson


Abhinaya Now It can be what gives dance its heart. Balbir Singh and Seeta Patel talk to Sanjeevini Dutta about the role abhinaya plays in their work.


The Navadisha Conference Stars, students, venues, promoters, policymakers – indeed everyone involved in South Asian dance in the UK was invited to this major conference, which took place in Birmingham in May. We bring you our report.


Nina Rajarani – Jahnavi Harrison looks into the vagaries and challenges that lie behind Nina Rajarani’s career as her company celebrates its 25th year.


A Kind of Travel Almanac– Sunil Khilnani’s Incarnations Following his radio series, the author’s illuminating essays on the history of India have recently been published. Ken Hunt interviewed him.

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Contents Page Photo Credits


Pulse serves the arts sector by recording, critiquing, profiling and archiving South Asian dance and music in the UK through Pulse magazine and the website:

The Queen Mother of Abhinaya – Kalanidhi Narayanan Annapurna Kuppuswamy remembers one of the best-loved teachers of classical dance in India.


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The Magic Fist | Photo: Atma Dance Kalanidhi Narayanan & Malavika Sarukkai | Photo: Courtesy Malavika Sarukkai Namron & Pratap Pawar | Photo: Simon Richardson Sooraj Subramaniam | Photo: Simon Richardson Nina Rajarani | Photo: Simon Richardson Incarnations - India in 50 Lives | Photo: Courtesy Sunil Khilnani Shahana Sokhi | Photo: Seetal Kaur

Cover Photo Credits All photos by Simon Richardson | Left to right, top to bottom row Sujata Banerjee, Naseem Khan, Pratap Pawar, Aakash Odedra, Ann David Mira Kaushik, Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh, Mavin Khoo, Pushkala Gopal Nahid Siddiqui, Shane Shambhu, Anu Giri, Sonia Sabri, Chitra Sundaram Morag Deyes, Seeta Patel, Amina Khayyam, Anita Ratnam, Farooq Chaudhry Cath James, Piali Ray, Dorothy Wilson, Stephen Munn, Anita Srivastava (photo by Vipul Sangoi) Paul Russ, Nova Bhattacharya, Peter Knott, Vibha Mehdiretta, Alistair Spalding Avanthi Meduri, Gauri Sharma Tripathi, Maggie Clarke, Lina Johansson, Ajay Chhabra. Back Cover - top to bottom row - Andrew Hurst, Eddie Nixon, Hari Krishnan, Kenneth Tharp.


Pulse 133 Summer 2016  

Pulse pays tribute to the Queen Mother of Abhinaya, Kalanidhi Narayan, in a piece by her student Annapurna Kuppuswamy. In Abhinaya Now Balbi...

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