Make a Rangoli this Diwali

This year Diwali will be celebrated on 19 October – and there are so many ways to make it special including giving presents, creating rangoli patterns, Jhooming (of course!) and eating lots of lovely food. Creating Rangoli patterns is a tradition that is both fun and meaningful. They are considered both beautiful to look at and an auspicious bringer of More →

Navadisha – 2016

There’s excitement building in the South Asian Dance community as Navadisha 2016 approaches. http://navadisha2016.co.uk/ This 3-day conference is being billed as a “trailblazing conference that seeks to stimulate, steer and secure the future of South Asian Dance as part of UK’s ever growing dance landscape!” Participants are being encouraged to attend to “Celebrate, Deliberate, Collaborate” with dance teachers, students, practitioners, More →

How to organise a Bollywood themed party for children

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge currently in India, and hobnobbing with the elite of Bollywood – it’s never been a better time to host a Bollywood-themed birthday party for your child. Bollywood-themed parties generally work best for girls – although I’ve done a couple for boys too – but as they’re not so popular I’m going to focus More →

10 top tips to teaching Bollywood dance in schools

I first started teaching Bollywood dance to children when I was in my early twenties. Nearly twenty years later I finally have it figured out! And, I wish someone had given me these tips all those years ago. It would have saved a lot of pain, sweat and tears. Ok – so it’s not been that bad! But, it really More →

Compassion for Nature

Guest Blogpost by Shivani Bhalla (Founder and Director of Ewaso Lions) Our planet is under severe threat. Large swathes of wilderness is being lost and wildlife numbers are plummeting all across the globe. Rapid urbanisation leading to animal habitat loss, poaching and bushmeat hunting of wildlife are just a number of things exacerbating the situation. Picture this. A large African More →

Compassionate Me – a new, free online programme

Last year, I was very fortunate to see the Dalai Lama speak in London. I can’t explain it – but he just exuded goodness, kindness, compassion. I was so touched and inspired by his message of compassion that I felt compelled to do something – to spread a little compassion – even if on a very small scale. As he More →

Bringing Bhangra to the Bard

5-Stars***** “I loved the idea of setting Bohemia in India with Polixenes a majestic Rajah and with colourful costumes and vibrant dancing. At one point bhangra dancing is taking place all around to the sides, front and back of the audience. I literally did not know where to look.” Sally Knipe In November 2015 I was really fortunate to be More →