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Folk dance traditions of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh J&K Festival
Mon 24 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Jammu Kashmir Festival Trust and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi are proud to present Natrang Music and Dance Repertory in the UK.
Natrang Theatre Group is the first fulltime professional theatre group in Jammu & Kashmir. It was established in 1983 by Padma Shri Balwant Thakur and has performed over 5000 shows and participated in a record 135 National theatre festivals during the last 28 years. In recent years, the group has begun to use theatre as a tool for peacebuilding.
Over the past five years, Natrang has organised large scale events showcasing the performing arts heritage of Jammu and Kashmir. In one event more than five hundred artists performed. Natrang has performed in major International theatre festivals held in Moscow, Belgrade, Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, London, Bangkok, and Dubai.
Natrang has also emerged as an important promoter of peace in a region known for violence and cross cultural confl ict. It organises workshops and uses its presentations as a healing and transformative tool for change. Th e ultimate destination of intellectuals, writers, artists, performers and art lovers by making it one of the most creative happening places in the country.
Th e Natrang Music and Dance repertory will showcase the variety of diff erent colours, rhythms, costumes, design patterns and artistic expressions through the dances of J&K. Starting with vibrant Kashmiri ‘Rouf’ transporting the audience to a most rejoicing journey of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, unfolding spectacular dance traditions of Kashmiri, Dogri, Gojari, Pahari and Ladakhi cultures