History of Wales' Premiere Indian Dance Company
India Dance Wales, Wales' premier professional Indian Dance company. Enchanting audiences with the art of Classical Indian Dance since 1983. The company has made its mark as the driving force for creating and establishing an interest in Indian Dance with its regular class schedule across Wales and the West, and its award-winning dance training, educational activities for schools, and inspiring performances.
Specialising in the classical dance form of Bharata Natyam, one of the most dynamic and internationally popular styles of Indian Dance. This ancient art form is based around Hindu mythology and originated in Hindu temples as a form of worship to the Gods. Its emphasis is on physical dance movements as well as expressional dance (storytelling through mime, using hand gestures and facial expression) to create this dynamic art form.
Founder and Artistic Director - Kiran Ratna
Kiran Ratna is founder and Artistic Director of India Dance Wales and is considered a pioneer of classical Indian dance in Wales. She began her studies in dance at an early age in India and started learning Bharatanatyam in the UK from Chitraleka Bolar, with further advanced training in India from Guru Ullal Mohan Kumar and others.
Kiran has directed, choreographed and performed many innovative works that have won much acclaim. Notably, she has collaborated with the BBC to produce groundbreaking dance works and has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Kiran has exceptional talents as one of the UK's leading teachers of Bharatanatyam dance and through India Dance Wales she has created a 'centre of excellence' for dance training and she has trained many dancers in Wales and South West of England to professional level. Some of whome have continued to create successful careers in the world of dance. Kiran is a member of the South Asian Dance faculty of the Imperial School of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and is a Bharatantaym examiner for their Classical Indian Dance faculty.
As well as Bharatanatyam, Kiran has also had brief training in other dance styles including Kathak, Kuchipudi and Ballet. She is also very knowledgeable in all aspects of the ISTD syllabus which she teaches to all the students as part of their dance training.
"...Ratna has done much in her workshops and performances to introduce British audience to the flowing grace and exquisite precision of Classical Indian Dance"
Planet (The Welsh internationalist)
Kiran Ratna's Awards:
As well as being invited by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace in 2009 Kiran has received following awards;
The 1st Distinguished Teachers Award from Milapfest (2010)
"Kiran Ratna, who is an established teacher of Bharatnatyam in Wales, and has worked with great distinction in teaching, performing & choreography, with some excellent touring productions for many years, has been chosen to receive a Distinguished Teachers Award for her lifetime work in establishing & popularizing Indian Dance in Wales & beyond."
Welsh Asian Women's Achievement Award (WAWAA) (2011)
Kiran Ratna was the first to be awarded and was chosen for her contribution to the Arts in Wales.