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DANCE AFRICA (article first published : 2002-07-28)

One of the most ambitious Folk dancing events Dance Africa is being put together by the Indian Academy of SA. For the past years the Indian Academy has presented the highly successful Natya Mala meaning A Garland of Dances featuring top folk items from Indian dance schools in the four main Indian linguistic groups.

Natya Mala has enjoyed spectacular success. This year the Academy has gone one step further and is presenting Dance Africa at the Durban City Hall on September 15 at 14h30.

The Academy plans to feature about five folk items from the Indian community in conjunction with items from Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Greek, English, Portuguese and other communities.

Dance Africa is being planned to bring together the various communities to SA through dance and thereby give reality and practical interpretation to Madiba’s slogan ‘Ubuntu’,” says Dr TP Naidoo, visionary Director of the Indian Academy of SA .

Dance Africa will help bring together the various communities that make up our patchwork in a rainbow nation. What better spectacle can there be than to see hundreds of dancers representing a nation from all cultures in the ‘Ubuntu’ fashion? With the birth of the African Union, the Indian Academy plans to bring in dance groups sponsored by neighbouring nations next year to expand Dance Africa to an Africa Festival. This would not only make Durban the catalyst of dance progress but could also generate tourism for the event.”

Interested folk dance groups wishing to take part in Dance Africa are asked to contact Dr TP Naidoo or Ranitha Sookdeo on 031 400-2725 or 083 777-2725, or fax: 031 400-4759. The postal address of the Indian Academy of SA is PO Box 32232, Mobeni, 4060.




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