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Hemantika festival 2019: An enchanting season celebrating Indian dance collaborations

SBDC's much-anticipated Hemantika Dance Festival is back for 2019 (2 & 3 November), based on an exciting new theme of 'Collaborations'.


Hemantika 2019 will showcase unique partnerships across the rich variety of Indian classical and other distinct dances including Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Chhau, Mohininatyam, Kuchipuri, Uday Shankar style and of course, Kathak!

Featuring the best of established and emerging British artists, the varied programme includes performances, workshops, film and debate. We're also excited to offer a one-of-a-kind Chhau martial arts dance workshop with the renowned Santosh Nair from India, and Kathak intensives with Sujata Banerjee.

Now in its fourth year, Hemantika is one of UK's standout dance festivals and is held in the last few days of  autumn, or as Rabindranath Tagore called it, the season 'Hemantika'.


The brainchild of Sujata Banerjee, the Festival brings together dance artists, practitioners, students, and regular and new audiences to offer an immersive dance experience, thereby creating an energy and buzz akin to the invigorating cultural maahol (environment) found in India.

Hemantika Festival 2019 Programme

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Chhau dance workshop with Santosh Nair

  • Sunday 13 October 

  • 10am to 12pm

  • The Place, London


Kathak intensives with Sujata Banerjee

  • Various dates & venues

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Performance day 1: Collaborations across Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi & Uday Shankar style + SBDC student showcase

  • Saturday 2 November

  • 6.30pm to 8.30pm

  • Arts Depot, London


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Performance day 2: Collaborations across Kathak gharanas, Mohiniattam, Bharatnatyam + Chhau dance performance + SBDC student showcase + surprise guest artist

  • Sunday 3 November

  • 5pm to 7pm

  • Arts Depot, London



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Debate: Can dance be a full-time profession?

  • Sunday 3 November

  • 2pm to 3pm

  • Arts Depot, London

Film: Uday Shankar's Kalpana introduced by Protima Chatterjee

  • Sunday 3 November

  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm

  • Arts Depot, London

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  • Friday 11 October 

  • Sacred Heart School, Hastings


Dance performances by Sacred Heart school students, Hope G adult group and SBDC dancers as a culmination of a series of dance workshops run by SBDC.

Invitation only


For queries, please email

Hemantika Festival 2019 is supported by: 

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