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The Regional Association of South Asian Arts (RASAA) Launch in Leicester

The Regional Association of South Asian Arts (RASAA) will be holding its first public event at the Peepul Centre on Orchardson Avenue on Saturday 28th February 2015 starting at 4pm

RASAA is a consortium of south Asian arts organisations, currently its members are, The Centre for Indian Classical Dance (CICD), Nupur Arts Academy, Shruti Arts, Sitar UK, Navrang and Aaksah Odedra Company. Each organisation has made a substantial contribution to the development and presentation of south Asian, dance music and visual arts locally, however their reach is increasingly regionally, nationally and internationally.

From 4 – 7pm RASAA consortium members are offering free workshops in the areas of Dance. Music and Visual Arts, along with a discussion seminar covering a topical issue, and free foyer performance performed by young people who are participants in the programmes offered by the RASAA organisations.

There will be two exhibitions one describes the story of migration from Kampala to Leicester and the other, ‘Karman’ which presents the development of Indian Dance and Music in the UK with a particular reference to Leicester.

The event will conclude with a performance of Music and Dance starting at ,7-30 pm tickets are priced at £10 and £5 concessions.

The first performance of the evening will be by Project 12 a band of young British musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and genres. They are in Leicester exclusively for our event and will present an innovative programme that reflects an eclectic mix of Indian and western styles offering a new and dynamic perspective to British classical music.

In the second half of the evening we will present two Indian classical dancers. Anusha subramanyam,, who is one of the finest and most exciting exponents of Bharatnatyam in the UK. She is an inspirational performer who knows how to communicate with her audience through her imaginative language of movement and expression.

Kajal Sharma is an award winning and outstanding exponent of Kathak dance, who has pioneered Indian classical dance in Chester for the past 19 years. She began her training at a very young age in India and has appeared for many television shows as a performer of Kathak. Kajal has command over rhythm, defined movements, flowing pirouettes and pleasant abhinaya, she will delight the audience.

The late afternoon/early evening activities are free and open to anyone to attend. Tickets for the evenings programme of performance are available from the Peepul Centre’s box office on 0116- 261600 0 or can be booked on line by visiting the Peepul Centre’s website at :

For further information please contact Nilima Devi, at CICD on 07894650811 or Smita Vadnerkar at Nupur Arts Academy on 07801365779.

The event is financially supported by Leicester City Council.