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Pulse Autumn 2016 — Issue 134 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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Young Voices Now that South Asian classical music and dance have become established and visible in the UK, how are young musicians and dancers trained and based in the UK building their careers? Sanjeevini Dutta and Gopa Roy talked to some young artists.


In The Frame – The Rose and the Bulbul A summer promenade performance captured by Simon Richardson.


Choreographing Resistance, Resisting Definitions – Ananya’s Contemporary Odissi and her Pledge to Social Change Odissi dancer Elena Catalano reflects on how Ananya Chatterjea’s thought and choreographic work unsettles and provokes new understandings.

Assistant Editor Gopa Roy Editorial and Marketing Assistant Parbati Jill Chaudhury Design Art Director Pritpal Ajimal Photography Director Simon Richardson Subscriptions, Advertising & Info

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Previews Autumn 2016 – Añjasa – Apsaras Arts (from Singapore) Inter_rupted – Drishtikon (from New Delhi)


Reviews – Dance Performance My Soul is Alight – Kadam The Magic Fish – ATMA Dance A double bill: Rouh, Spoken Word and Ghazal – Natalia Hildner & Hauz Khas Connection with Arunima Kumar Staycation/Vacation – Akademi ARDRA – Impassioned Moods – Payal Ramchandani Kathak Performance – Rani Khanam and Abhinav Mishra Edinburgh Fringe Festival Silent Space – Dance Ihayami India Flamenco – Alba Flamenca

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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 magazine relies solely on income from subscriptions, advertising and donations. All donations welcome through our website Kadam forms part of the SADA Alliance

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Mithila Sarma | Photo: Simon Richardson If I Could Reach Home | Photo: Simon Richardson Jasdeep Singh Degun | Photo: Ayesha Begum Jaina Modasia | Photo: Vipul Sangoi The Rose & the Bulbul | Photo: Simon Richardson Ananya Chatterjea | Photo: Simon Richardson Añjasa | Photo: Courtesy Apsaras Arts India Flamenco | Photo: Jane Hobson


Pulse 134 Autumn 2016  

Now that South Asian classical music and dance have been established in the UK, how are young musicians and dancers building their careers?...

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