BHAVAN 50

Celebrating 50 grand years of The Bhavan in London

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London is a dynamic cultural centre and has been at the forefront of Indian arts education in the UK since its establishment 1972 as a flagship Centre outside India. For the last 50 years, we at The Bhavan London have been delivering classical training in Indian dance, music, art history, yoga, and languages for students both young and old, Indian and non-Indian.
The Bhavan will be commemorating this special Golden Jubilee year from May 2022 until March 2023 with a year-long celebration of exciting programmes of music, dance, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and Yoga activities.
PERFORMANCES
COLLABORATIONS
FESTIVALS

For everyone that loves Indian Classical Arts

A MELANGE OF DANCE, MUSIC, AND ART

ARTISTS

Immerse in plethora of art showcasing the bets of artists across Indian classical Arts

STUDENTS

Learn from some of the senior most Gurus.

YOUTH

Indulge your creativity with workshops and events

AUDIENCE

Celebrate with us with performances, art exhibitions, and workshops tailored to suit various tastes.

BHAVAN 50 EVENTS
EARLY BOOKINGS OPEN

RUKMINI VIJAYAKUMAR PRESENTS - TALATTU

Saturday, May 21 | 6:00 pm | £25/£20/£15
Raadha Kalpa Dance Company presents – Talattu – a mother’s song and a lover’s farewell
By Rukmini Vijayakumar

Talattu addresses two very strong bonds of love that we share in our lives – the bond between a mother and child and the bond with a lover. The two bonds are very different, and we are seen very differently by these two very important people in our lives. Talattu takes the examples of Yashodha and Radha and their love for Krishna. It shows their personal journeys of joys and sorrows and how they deal with Krishna’s departure in very different ways.
Parents give up a part of themselves from the time a child is born. Both men and women take on the joys, sorrows, victories and defeats of their children as their own. The role of a parent is immense in the growth of a child and the emotional attachment that parents have to their offspring is incomparable. This relationship of caregiver and child is immortalised as Yashoda and Krishna in Indian mythology. Their relationship is nuanced with the complexity of Yashoda being Krishna’s adoptive parent. Yashoda’s sense of ownership is questioned when she realises that Krishna is not her own son. Talattu, addresses the complexity of this relationship and the love that permeates through this confusion.
The second relationship that is explored in Talattu is that of a lover. The bond of love is the strongest bond that one shares in life. The romantic relationship offers comfort, and togetherness. The ability to sacrifice for another within this relationship is paralleled with the idea of spiritual surrender.

* SOLD OUT *

'FINDING SHIVA' - Q&A with RUKMINI VIJAYAKUMAR

Saturday, May 21 | 7:45 pm - 8.15 pm  | Entry free for performance ticket holders 
Join a candid conversation and Q&A session with Rukmini Vijayakumar about her new book publication 'FINDING SHIVA'.

A book that strives to give you a glimpse into the inner journeys of the performative experience, Rukmini's new book has seen great acclaim.
The conversation will be lead by dancer/choreographer/teacher Stella Uppal Subbiah. The session will follow her performance of 'Talattu' (details above). Entry is free for all ticket holders of the performance.

Finding Shiva
After high school, I was not sure about whether I should pursue dance or a technical subject. Awaiting clarity, I spent many months considering my options.
While I was in the midst of this confusion, someone asked me, “What brings you closer to yourself?” I didn’t respond immediately, but in my mind the answer was clear. “Dance brings me closer to myself,” I thought. It was such an odd question, yet strangely it influenced a life decision. How can one be closer to or farther from oneself?
I knew that dance would begin to reveal something to me at some point in time, but I wasn’t sure of what this thing would be. The act of dancing holds something within it that I wanted to discover.
What if I could imbibe my life with the clarity of thought, precision, control and simultaneous surrender that I am able to wield as a performer? Wouldn’t life change inexplicably for the better?'
- Rukmini Vijayakumar

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ADAVU EXPLORATIONS -BHARATANATYAM WORKSHOP WITH RUKMINI VIJAYKUMAR 

Tue, Wed, Thur May 17, 18, 19 | 6 pm – 8.30 pm | £100 for all 3 days | £40 per day 

This 3-day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from Rukmini Vijaykumar and get a glimpse into her unique approach to Bharatanatyam. The class will work with the traditional adavu system (the basic movement sets of Bharatanatyam) and see how one can find different ways of utilising the adavu in sequencing and choreography by changing some essential parameters.

* Open to intermediate and advanced students.

*SOLD OUT*

LALGUDI KRISHNAN & LALGUDI VIJAYLAKSHMI

Saturday, May 28 | 6:00 pm | £20/£15
A scintillating recital by the Violin world's giants Sri. Lalgudi Krishnan and Smt. Lalgudi Vijaylakshmi. 
Join us for a recital to soak up the Lalgudi Bani. 

Accompanists - M. Balachandar on Mridangam, Pirasanna on Ghatam

* EARLY BOOKINGS OPEN *

LALGUDI PATHANTARA -
A 2-day workshop on Lalgudi compositions.

Thur May 26 & Fri May 27  | 6 pm - 8 pm | £40 for 2 days / £25 per day  

Join this two day workshop and learn with the maestros Lalgudi Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijaylakshmi.

Day 1
On the first day, the students will work with a Tyagaraja Krithi with notations, and delve deeper into the nuances of 'Manodharma', or improvisation within Indian Classical Music.

Day 2
On the second day, students will learn a Tana Varnam and conclude with a  Thillana composed by Sri. Lalgudi Jayaraman, and have the opportunity to learn from the lineage.

SHRADDHANJALI TO
PT. BIRJU MAHARAJ
BY PADMASHRI 
PRATAP PAWAR MBE 

'Celebrating P. Shree Pawar’s 80th birthday and 65 years of dancing’
Sunday, May 29 | 6:00 pm | £20/£15
Padmashri Pratap Pawar MBE - India's divine dancer - turns 80 this year. Still dancing after 65 years, Pawar has created this celebratory work honouring the spirit of his Guru, Padmavibhusha Pt. Birju Maharaj. 

This work is commissioned and produced by Sri Balbir Singh



* EARLY BOOKINGS OPEN *

'SHRADDHANJALI'
A tribute to Bharat Ratna
Lata Mangeshkar by
Smt. Swati Natekar

Sun, June 5 | 6:00 pm | £25/£20/£15
Renowned artist Swati Natekar presents a very special collection of immortal songs of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, who has left a huge treasure behind. The evening will feature songs ranging from Classic Bollywood (40’s to 90’s), raag based film songs to melodious Ghazals. 

ACCOMPANISTS:
Sunil Jadhav : Keyboard/Accordion
Alok Verma : Tabla 
Siddharth Singh : Guitar
Jonathan Mayer : Sitar
Nishit Patel : Octopad

ABOUT SWATI NATEKAR
The voice behind hit songs like Nadia (with Nitin Sawhney), Khwaab (with Niraj Chag) & Jakatta American Dream (#3 in UK main charts), Swati Natekar is one of the most respected voices in Indian Music in U.K. Swati is the daughter and disciple of renowned Hindustani Classical academic & scholar Dr. Smt. Sushila Pohankar. She is also known for her collaborations with Ustad Zakir Hussain, Talvin Singh, Craig Armstrong, Sonu Nigam & Muzaffer Ali. She has released several acclaimed albums and has performed extensively at reputed international venues. Swati has recorded “Vaishnav Jan” to represent U.K. for the 150th year of Gandhi Jayanti. Also, she composed & sang poetry for an exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London.

This event is supported by Krybaby 
* EARLY BOOKINGS OPEN *

'The Art of Tabla' - Recital and lec - dem with
PT. SANJAY MUKHERJEE

Recital - Sun June 26 | 6:00 pm | £20/£15
Lec dem - Sat June 25 | 11am - 12 pm (inc in the ticket
)
The Bhavan is proud to present a first of its kind event – ‘THE ART OF TABLA’.

Featuring a stalwart of the Farukhabad Gharana, the maestro Pt. Sanjay Mukherjee accompanied by Sri Hiranmay Mitra on Harmonium, the event offers a unique opportunity for all to witness the precision and the rhythmic vitality of the Tabla.

This is a wonderful opportunity to watch a performance as well as attend a lecture demonstration by the artists and interact with them.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Bhavan's SUMMER SCHOOL
Sat 16 July - Sun 7 August

TUTOR PERFORMANCES 
Sun July 17 - Sat July 31

SUMMER SCHOOL FINALE
Sat August 6 & Sun August 7

UPAHAAR SCHOOL OF DANCE
Sat Oct 1

DURGASTAMI
Mon Oct 3


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