RadhaRaman International Dance Festival is coming to Leeds Civic Hall for the second year on Sunday 22 May 2022. The festival is back for its second year after delays to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The festival reveals the joy and inner beauty of humanity through world-class presentation of various dance forms from different cultural heritages”, said poet Ahmed Kaysher, the co-founder and the curator of the RadhaRaman Society’s much-acclaimed RadhaRaman Folk Festival. The society launched its newest venture, the International Dance Festival, in 2019 before the UK went into lockdown.
Kaysher said, “the festival is also bringing a few first of its kind collaborative dance performances along with a number of haunting and colourful portrayal of traditional dances e.g. Flamenco, Samba, Jive, Tongo, Kuchupudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Mohiyattyam, Kathak, Dhamail, Sufi, Bollywood etc. The festival is also showcasing visual interpretation of medieval and pre-medieval European music through live performances of Indian classical dance.”
He continued, “After the pandemic, this festival is a true celebration of joy and life through colourful dances and all the proceeds from the tickets of the dance festival will be donated to Cllr Khan’s chosen charity as Lord Mayor, the Leeds Hospital Charity.”
Supported by Leeds Inspired, parts of Leeds City Council’s art grant and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Asghar Khan, the festival features a few leading spoken-word, music and dance performers that include Aritri Kundu, Santosh Nair, Vrata Chigateri, Sohel Ahmed, Monidipa Seal, Chiragi Solanki, Mercedes Avila Caballero, Vanessa Matthews, Ranjitha Chowalloor, Shree Ganguli, Erik Schelander, Amith Dey, Amiruddha Mukherjee, Sumsya Imam, Leona Chakraborty, a Latin American Dance company Caprice Dance Academy and a Manchester-based Dhamail dance group Anamika.