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Dance India Masterclass 2016

We are exciting to announce that Dance India will be returning for a special 3-day masterclass at the Royal Academy of Dance in London from 22-24th October 2016.

Yuva Mahotsav

In July 2016, Milapfest curated and produced an exciting new festival in London in Partnership with The Bhavan. Yuva Mahotsav celebrated the next generation of classical artists.

The Veena

The veena is among the oldest of Indian musical instruments. From the references to Vedic writings, it can date back to around the first millennium B.C. Temple sculptures from the 2nd century B.C. show a type of veena being played. …

The Udukkai

The udukkai is an hourglass shaped, membranous drum used in devotional and folk music throughout India. The udukkai is played with the hand and the pitch may be altered by tightening the lacing in the middle. It is made of …

The Thavil

The thavil is a percussion instrument used for accompanying the nadaswaram, a wind instrument used in Hidu religious music and as a solo instrument in Carnatic music. It consists of a barrel shaped drum carved out of jackfruit wood, with …

The Shankha

The shankha is a conch shell primarily used in religious music of Hinduism and Buddhism. The shell is got from the shell of a large predatory sea snail, the Turbinella Pyrum that lives in the Indian ocean. The main body …

The Nadaswaram

The nadaswaram is a wind instrument made of wood and metal that is found in both classical and folk traditions in South India. The name is got from ‘Nada’ or pleasing sound and ‘Swaram’ meaning note. The sound of the …

The Mridangam

The mridangam can be traced back to ancient Indian mythology, when it is believed that the sound it created matched and represented the movement and dances of the Gods! The name comes from the Sanskrit words “Mrid” and “Ang” which …

The Morsing

The morsing is a Carnatic percussion instrument. It is a tiny instrument held in the left hand, shaped like prongs with an additional metal stick running through the length of the instrument. The morsing is played by holding the prongs …

The Kanjira

The kanjira is a small handheld drum that resembles a tambourine. It consists of a circular wooden frame of jack wood, with a diameter of seven to eight inches and depth of approximately two inches. One face of the frame …