BBC Young Dancer 2022

Huge congratulations to ADHYA SHASTRY, winner of BBC YOUNG DANCER award 2022, who started her training in Bharatanatyam from the age of nine with KALAKUNJ and currently also trains in Contemporary and Ballet at The Place, London. Wishing Adhya the very best for the future.

Read more about Adhya's win here: https://www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/BBC2/view/289394/

U.Dance 2022

It is a delight to present the dynamic and vibrant group from Kalakunj selected as part of ‘Screen Moves’, the U.Dance 2022 Digital South East Regional Platform (a celebration of dance, showcasing the variety and diversity of youth dance from across the south east region of the UK). Thank you South East Dance and U.Dance 2022 for this wonderful opportunity.

ISTD 2021 Bursary Awards

2020/21 has been full of challenges and uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A big thank you to the Classical Indian Dance Faculty, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for organising the online ISTD Bursary Awards 2021 providing a platform to young, aspirant practitioners of the classical Indian art forms to showcase their skills and passion. Congratulations to the Kalakunj students, Adhya Shastry (Senior Category Finalist), and Shivani Kishor and Suhani Bellur (Junior Category Finalists) for their commendable achievements. For further details, please visit https://www.istd.org/discover/news/2021/may/cid-bursary-results/

SHAKTI: The concept of divine energy and power – Kalakunj awarded Arts Council England grant 2019/20

Kalakunj looks forward to working on its new Arts Council England project 'SHAKTI’ which will portray powerful women in the realms of Hindu mythology and explore the role of women in society. The project will involve collaboration with 3 celebrated artistes who will conduct workshops and demonstrations based on the theme of SHAKTI in 3 genres of Indian classical dance forms, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi & Odissi, leading up to a finale performance in July 2021 (the project has been rescheduled due to Covid-19 pandemic in 2020). 


Please watch this space for further updates about the dates of the future events.

Dance Away By Kalakunj

During the Covid-19 pandemic which started from March 2020 onwards, Kalakunj is staying active and positive with various virtual collaborations during the self-isolation period.

The dance pieces can be seen here: Dance Away by Kalakunj

Kalakunj @ ISTD Bursary Awards 2020

Shivani Kishor, a KALAKUNJ student, has been selected to represent the ISTD Classical Indian Dance Faculty (Juniors’ section) at ISTD Bursary Awards #bursaryawards2020  #istd.

The link to the ISTD Magazine edition is here :


KRISHNA: THE MYTHOLOGICAL HERO – Kalakunj wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Kalakunj has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for an exciting new project, Krishna: The Mythological Hero. The educational heritage project has been given £40,900 to explore the philosophies expressed in ancient Vedic scriptures by the mythological entity, Krishna. This project shall engage volunteers in Reading through visits to museums, libraries and heritage sites, workshops, seminars and performances involving heritage dance and music interpreters, and the creation of a permanent online resource for the public.

Lord Krishna, the superhero from Indian mythology, originated in 4th century BC and has found global appeal through propagation of the philosophical precepts of love and devotion cutting across caste, creed, race, religion, nationalities and borders. After 10th century AD, Krishna came to be popularised in the realm of performing arts including dance, music, poetry, and art. Indians living in the UK are often unaware of the heritage resources available in British museums or organisations. Kalakunj will lead this effort to discover our heritage through research at UK-based museum and library collections as well as heritage dance practice and interpretation.


The new project aims to educate people about different cultural histories and spread the values of multi-cultural integration. The ultimate objective is public engagement in preservation of art and culture heritage and the promotion of the spirit of cooperation and team-work.


Commenting on the award, Ananya Chatterjee, Artistic Director, Kalakunj said: “It is wonderful news that we have been awarded a second Heritage Lottery Fund grant and we are ready to get started. Having completed a successful project, The Story of Shiva, Kalakunj wanted to seize the opportunity to capture the attention of a very responsive and enthusiastic audience based in Reading to explore another interesting heritage related theme. We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them.”


Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “We are delighted that HLF support will enable Kalakunj to explore and share the cultural and artistic heritage of Krishna. Thanks to National Lottery players, the group will help communities in and around Reading to better understand and appreciate the fantastic heritage resources we have in UK museums and galleries, and their relevance to life today.”


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