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About Spandana

“Spandana,” is an evening filled with the resonance of emotions and energy with music and dance by Pragnya Indian Art Centre.

This evening includes Bollywood dance performances by the participants of the health and well-being workshops. We also have performers from the Hull Flamenco, a group of Flamenco enthusiasts who meet to laugh, learn, and dance. We are collaborating with Hull Flamenco dancers Stephanie Blanchard and Caroline Dainty to create a fusion dance between Flamenco and Indian classical dance to showcase that art has no barriers it can be cherished and presented together by keeping the authenticity of the dance genre.

We are inviting Devika Rao from Leeds. Devika Rao is a passionate and talented Indian Classical Dance performer with a wealth of experience choreographing and dancing across the globe, having performed more than 1200 times in the last 2 decades. Versatile and imaginative, she is capable of producing and performing innovative and modern dance pieces steeped in tradition. She has also undertaken many teaching and workshop projects, delivering a high standard of education, giving children and adults access to Indian arts through music and dance

The evening is also filled with a band involving young, budding musicians who play different instruments coming together to present wonderful music. Aryan Roop Kumar, aged 13, has put tremendous effort into preparing the music sheets for all the music played by the band Rising Stars with the help of his music teachers. Mr.John Shepard is a guitarist who supported the young artists during the rehearsals.

Mr. Shepard, since graduating from Hull University, has been teaching at Hymers College for 16 years. He currently teaches around 30 students a week, directs 3 bands, and operates the recording studio. He has personally played in many groups and written, recorded, and performed his own music as well.

We will be presenting Indian classical dance by students of Pragnya Indian Arts and by teacher Roopashree NS.

Dr. Roopashree NS is an artistic director, of Pragnya Indian Arts Centre, dentist, dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has been teaching Indian dance for 15 years in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire for different age groups. She has been performing nationally for numerous cultural events and conducting workshops.

She holds the Guinness world record for performing 60 jathis in a dance relay along with 140 dancers and hold Asian and Indian records for performing 50 Jathis continuously along with 135 dancers from across the globe.

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