Bradford, July 23 (BAN): Annapurna Indian Dance presented an ancient Indian ritual temple dance called "SIMHANANDINI " as part of Bradford Festival on 13th July 2019 City Park in Bradford. This is the first time in Yorkshire and in the UK that such a spectacle of an ancient traditional dance was presented outdoors for a major festival for wider communities to appreciate and enjoy. Abhinandana Kodanda, Indian classical dancer based in Preston has a specialism in this ritual dance and trained in the dance style called Kuchipudi dance which is originated from Andhra Pradesh in India.
Abhinandana says “This is a beautiful heritage dance where the dancer dances on a screen to create a picture of a “Lion“. Powder paint is spread underneath the cloth and the dancer dexterously moves on the screen using various pressure of the feet . The image of the “lion” which is printed is the vehicle of Goddess Durga in Hindu culture. This dance has lot of symbolism behind it whilst it is also about understanding female power and leadership in modern times. It has a very long history of Hindu temple procession behind it and almost becoming extinct and only a handful of dancers on the world can do this dance now. Annapurna Indian dance has taken initiative to revive this.” Artistic Director Shantha Rao said “We are all very proud and excited about presenting this unique dance work in Bradford which is a real celebration of culture and traditions here in Yorkshire. Our aim to bring this treasure of a dance to Bradford Festival was not only to provide opportunities for wider communities to appreciate stories from different communities but also to involve young generation of dancers to be taking interest in this dance as future dancers. Young dancers who have performed are Swadha Gupta, Meghna Nair & Ishwa Ganeshraj are all trained by Abhinandana Kodanda. Ghatam Prakash an international percussionist based in London has given live Mridangam accompaniment for dance.“ firstname.lastname@example.org