Jayate Journeys: A performance/research blog

‘Jayate kuchipudi,’ the first-ever UK-Europe travelling Kuchipudi and folk dance festival brings the rich and diverse classical and folk art forms of Andhra Pradesh to Telugu communities dispersed in Europe and the UK. Conceived by UKTA (United Kingdom Telugu Association), the festival is produced in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, and other European partners. While the traditional Yakashagana dramatic forms are performed by Vedantam Venkata Challapathi group, hailing from the illustrious Vedantam family of Kuchipudi, the classical solo and group performances are performed by well-known India based artists, Dr. Vanaja Uday, Dr. Usha Gayatri, and Dr. Jwala Srikala. The renowned Vadeppally Srinivas Group perform ‘Janapada Sangeetham’ and folk songs from the state of Telangana. For further information about tour dates and bookings please contact: ukta@uktas.org.uk

Jayate Kuchipudi was inaugurated with great fanfare at the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, London on June 12. Immediately, thereafter, the 45 member team embarked on a three-week European road tour to France, Italy, Zurich, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and UK. The travelling Festival returns to London in a concert at the Nehru Centre on July 5 and will be followed by a final concert at the Balaji temple in Birmingham on July 8, 2016.

The European tour is unique because it is realized theatrically. The 45 member team, comprising, dancers and musicians are traveling in a unique motor coach, decorated with colourful emblems and spectacular images of Indian artists. The dance-in-motion coach defies the constraining implications of the recent Brexit vote, while asserting the primacy of dance and music as art forms that  embraces openness and enthusiastic engagement with the wider world.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogzYV_3QuLw

As the research curator of the tour, Dr. Avanthi Meduri, Reader in Dance at Roehampton University in London, will explore the historical significance of this international festival in the Jayate Journey (JJBlog).


Europe Concerts: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Ireland and Northern Ireland

UK Concerts: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London, (June 12, 2016)

The Nehru Centre, London (July 5, 2016)

Balaji Temple, Birmingham (July 8, 2016)






USA / Canada