Anavarata to tour KwaZulu-Natal with ICCR

adi_1100Anavarata Dance Institute has celebrated many successful achievements as the oldest Indian Dance-based organization on the African Continent, and has joined forces with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Durban in July 2013 to raise funds for worthy organisations in its 2013 tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Anusia Pillay is an established classical dance artist, a renowned choreographer and co-founder of the Anavarata Dance Institute, which was initially established by Anusia’s late mother, Rani Govender and her sister Prema Nydoo in 1961.  She has made strides in the Community by introducing a multicultural; intercultural and diverse platform in which all South Africans can be a part of – this is evident in this unique 100 minute production. The first half promises a Global feel that incorporates various cultural delights, from Indo –African Integration to Medleys of Malaysia, Africa, and India; while the second part is 45 minute non-stop Bollywood Mashup; bringing together golden oldies with current hits; that is especially choreographed for this event.

Anavarata has performed passionately for packed audiences in Malaysia, South Africa, Mauritius and India.  Anavarata was invited to perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the the 9th African Athletics Championships in Durban in 1993.  They made history by being the only South African-Indian Dance based organization to participate in the SA Military Tattoo, and the World Hindi Conference in Johannesburg in 2012. The dance company is highly recommended by art connoisseurs and is most sought after. They have always fostered a long term and definite vision – to be the best in the Industry and exceed performing arts expectations, both creatively and professionally.

“No short cuts to success”. Each Company member has gone through the process of exhaustive training in Sufi, Kathak, Mughal, Odissi, Bollywood, Mauritian, Classical Dance, Authentic Folk, Indian Tribal and Folk, Contemporary, Oriental, African and other allied performing art skills.  Integrity and Dynamism is the driving force behind the Company.

“Our journey over 52 years within the South African, African and Global landscape also incorporates a homage to our Indian roots and focuses on the multicultural journey we have taken to become truly South African”, says Anusia Pillay, co-founder of the Anavarata Dance Institute .

Currently, the Institute provides free training and skills development in dance and theatrical performances in various areas in Gauteng.

There will be 2 performances – Umzinto hall on Saturday, 24 August 2013 at 4pm ; Phoenix, Newcastle on Sunday, 25 August 2013, before Anavarata’s return to Johannesburg

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About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.