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Celebrating India in UK

Classical dancer Geeta Chandran kicks off a year-long celebration of Indian culture in Britain.

entertainment Updated: Feb 05, 2010 00:29 IST

To mark sixty years of the Indian Republic, the Indian High Commission in the UK has planned a year-long extravaganza celebrating Indian culture.

The celebrations kicked off on Thursday with

So Many Journeys

, a classical dance performance by veteran danseuse Geeta Chandran and her troupe at the Queen Elizabeth Auditorium in London.

“My performance weaves together the traditional and contemporary forms of dance. The performance is a metaphor for the many journeys possible within India today,” says the Bharatanatyam exponent.

Chandran’s performances include Nrityanjali, Raas and Seasons with her troupe apart from two solo performances, Dance of Shiva and Untruth — both explore the ‘other’.

So Many Journeys will now travel to other cities in the United Kingdom, such as Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leicester and Liverpool. After that, Chandran will be flying to Salzburg, Austria, where she will represent India at a conference on Performing Arts in Lean Times.