Anavarata Dance Institute features in SA Tattoo 2012

The SA Tattoo, in partnership with Jacaranda 94.2FM and M-Net, presents a new, never seen before, combination of South African and International acts. Returning this September for 4 nights only. Sold out for 3 years running, the 2012 show promises to be more spectacular than ever!

The colorful and vibrant tapestry of all things Indian will feature in this years SA Tattoo. Anavarata Dance Institute, the 50 year old UNESCO CID (Council of International Dance) member will feature in a fast paced Indian performance featuring 360 degree choreography.

Director of Anavarata, Anusia Govender-Pillay explains, “The SA Tattoo is a historical landmark in the landscape of Indian world culture, and Indo-African relationships on several levels. Firstly, it is the first time that the Indian culture is being represented in the history of the Tattoo concept in South Africa.  Next, we are celebrating our Golden jubilee as the oldest Indian Dance-based organisation in Africa; and finally it is fitting that we are doing this in Bollywood’s 100th year celebration and South Indian cinema celebrates in 3 years time.”

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The pioneers of this organisation were the first two South African Indian women to bring the classical form of Indian Dance – Bharata Natyam to Africa.  Their dance skills as South Africans studying in India was lauded by millions as they were noticed by every possible media in the early 1900’s from the BBC to Asian news outlets. Their popularity grew to a point that the then Indian Prime Minister Nehru requested an official audience with them at his presidential home.

The multi-cultural organisation is now headed by the daughter of one of the pioneers, Ms Anusia Govender-Pillay. The organisation provides skilled dance training for many South African students across the country and at no charge. These youth and adults have been able to empower themselves through the art of dance and have been granted performance opportunities around the world and are confirmed for major international productions both in South Africa and internationally for 2012 and 2013.

They have performed at various governmental events, Release of world icon; Nelson Mandela, 9th IAAF Athletics Championships, HM Queen Elizabeth at the CHOGM 1999, ICE – Mauritius, Malaysian Cultural Exchange, Inauguration of Jacob Zuma and a string of other key festivals.

This years SA Tattoo features top international performers, the Talentholdet Gym Team from Denmark and the O`Shea Ryan Irish Dancers from Australia, perform alongside our finest local talent. Expect to be wowed by the Amazing Skipping Routine, the bands of the SA Air Force and SA Medical Health Service, the Anavarata Dance Institutes’ tribute to Bollywood, a massed choir from the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisies and Seunskool, acclaimed soloists Siyasanga Papu and Vaughan Gardiner and much more.

Anusia goes on to say, “A special performance blend of South Indian, North Indian and Bollywood will pay tribute to Indian Heritage with a dose of Africa!”

We welcome back traditional favourites, the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Highland dancers, as well as our giant South African flag, our biggest symbol of patriotism and pride! With the biggest cast yet, the SA Tattoo is mass entertainment on a scale rarely seen in SA.

Booking information
Booking for the SA Tattoo (6 – 9 September 2012) opens 28 May, 2012. Tickets can be bought via the Internet or at Computicket centres throughout the country. Prices range from R218.00 to R398.00, discounts for groups of 10 or more and children under the age of 12. Wheelchair friendly.

The SA tattoo will be running a special Early Bird offer of 25% off all ticket prices until Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Early booking also ensures best seats. So don’t delay! These tickets sell fast. Visit for more information

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