NMMU brings Indian culture to life

Indian Cultural Week entertainers
Indian Cultural Week entertainers

NMMU is presenting a week-long programme of dance, drama and Indian cultural arts from tomorrow – and all shows are free.

The 2016 NMMU Performing Arts Festival runs from September 14-21 with most of the action at the Goldfields Auditorium on North Campus, and runs alongside “Envisioning Dance, Arts and Diversity” in an NMMU Indian Arts Heritage Festival, which runs from Thursday to September 21.

The full programme of events is: Wednesday, September 14

12 noon: Her Story by NMMU Drama Society; 3pm: Cry Africa by Imbumba Dance Company; 6pm: #AfterMarikana directed by Xabiso Zweni. Thursday, September 15

12 noon: Educational play by the NMMU Faculty of Education; 3pm: The Forgotten by NMMU Drama Society; 5pm: Monologues featuring Nobesuthu Rayi; 7pm: Dialogue Classical Indian dance (Bharata Natyam) with English explanations by Prof Darshan Purohit, from Gujerat in India. Friday, September 16

12 noon: Slaves of Silence directed by Marlene Pieterse; 3pm: PE’s Finest Dance Production choreographed by Junior Ferreira; 6pm: Umjuxuzo Alive

choreographed by Nicki Rayepen, written by Aarti Narotam. Monday, September 19

2-5pm: Workshop and lecture demonstration on Indian classical dance by Heather Parker Lewis. Tuesday, September 20

12 noon: Indian dance and theatre workshop by Prof Darshan Purohit. 7pm: Taal Chakra – The Rhythm of Life Indian classical music and dance performance with Kathak dancer Mahesh Maharaj, Kanada Narahari on sitar and Revash Dookhi on tabla. Wednesday, September 21

10am: Seminar on de-colonisation and its effect on Indian dance (note the venue is different for this event: it will be held at the Bird Street Campus Music Conservatoire).

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