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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

About us

Creating dance that can be performed anywhere, for anyone.

Our professional dance company, Sanskruti Dance, began in 2017 following a number of one-off events, including the Cambridge Big Weekend Festivals and a Bharatanatyam Flashmob performance for Mill Road Midsummer Festival. Sanskruti Dance was officially registered as a Community Interest Company in October 2021.

We received our first seed funding as Uttkarsh runner’s up from Akademi, which was then used to secure Arts Council Funding to develop our first choreographic work, Apple ‘N’ Spice.

The word Sanskruti in Sanskrit means “Culture”. Our mission is to inspire, educate and engage people, especially families and children in performing art forms led by dance to propagate south Asian culture and heritage.

The word Sanskruti means ‘culture’ in Sanskrit. Our mission is to inspire, educate and engage people in South Asian art forms, culture and heritage.

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FAQ's

1. What is Bharatanatyam dance?

Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form from South Asia, the oldest classical dance tradition in India.

Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form from South Asia, the oldest classical dance tradition in India. The dance style originated in the temples of Southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu but is now widely performed in a variety of venues including outdoors.

Bharatanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, bent legs and knees flexed (Araimandi) combined with footwork, and a vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes, and face muscles. Storytelling is an integral part of the artform using facial expressions along with hand gestures and body movement.

2. How are your productions developed?

Our Artistic Director Krishna creates dance theatre for children and families that is rooted in South Asian heritage but is at the same time relevant to British society. Our original productions blend stories from both east and west. Our productions always start with a script and we always work with a dramaturg to ensure that the movement we create is effectively communicated with our audiences.

3. What other artforms are included in your productions?

At Sanskruti, we create original productions which include multiple creative elements including storytelling, music, shadow puppetry and, magic.

4. Do I need to have prior knowledge about Bharatanatyam before coming to watch your show?

Not at all! Our shows are enjoyed by children and adults alike, whatever their cultural knowledge and background.

5. Where can I learn Bharatnatyam dance?

If you’re in the Cambridge area, we run a dance school – visit www.sanskruti.org.uk to find out more.

To find out about classes in other parts of the UK, visit https://www.akademi.co.uk/akademi-resources/.

Meet us

Our team

Roshni Parmar, Stage Manager and Assistant Producer

Roshni Parmar

Stage Manager and Assistant Producer
Sophie Nüzel - Producer

Sophie Nüzel

Producer
Sue Lea, Marketing and Audience Development Manager

Sue Lea

Marketing and Audience Development Manager
Ayesha Nair - Script Writer

Ayesha Nair

Script Writer
Krishna Zivraj-Nair, Artistic Director-alt

Krishna Zivraj-Nair

Artistic Director

Meet us

Our board members

Amit

Amit Nair

Director
Krishna Zivraj-Nair, Artistic Director-alt

Krishna Zivraj-Nair

Artistic Director
MeeraVinay

Meera Vinay

Board Member
tomorr

Tomorr Kokona

Board Member
chris

Chris Fogg

Board Member

SUPPORTING US

Our partners

The development and touring of Sanskruti Dance’s productions have only been possible thanks to the invaluable support of our partners, to whom we are very grateful.