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SAMPAD

Sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian arts based in Birmingham. It plays a significant role regionally, nationally and beyond in promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse art forms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Through its work Sampad serves, supports and initiates South Asian arts in all its forms working with youth, community, education and professional artists. Below are some examples of recent projects completed as part of its outreach and events programme.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £242,500
  • 2013-2014: £248,078
  • 2014-2015: £254,528

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SAMPAD presents Moving Earth

Moving Earth was one of sampad's biggest and most ambitious dance productions to date. It took place in summer 2012 as part of Dancing for the Games which celebrated the countdown to London 2012 by encouraging people across the West Midlands to get dancing. Dancing for the Games was part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands, funded by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England. Our vision for Moving Earth was to capture the celebratory spirit and international collaboration of London 2012, by showcasing the dazzling array of dance styles practised in our region, including Bollywood, Bhangra, Indian folk dance, hiphop and contemporary African and UK dance. Taking our cue from the vitality and strength of the natural elements, we united 240 dancers (20 groups of 12) thematically to represent Space, Earth, Fire, Water and Air. The groups came from a diverse spread of locations across the region and we were genuinely excited to have a chance to broaden our activities by exploring some of contemporary dance styles that they practise, while also reinforcing our existing working relationships with leading South Asian dance groups and connecting with talented new dancers along the way. In return, the Moving Earth dancers had a fantastic opportunity to join the celebrations for London 2012 by taking part in a large-scale, intercultural dance project and developing their confidence and artistic practice by working with other dance groups and internationally-respected choreographers including Santosh Kumar Nair.

Mandala 2012, presented by sampad and seeper (full performance in Birmingham)

MANDALA was a ground-breaking production that integrated cutting-edge 3D digital technology with South Asian performing arts as the result of a bold, new collaboration between sampad and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The dazzling outdoor performance event took place in Birmingham's Chamberlain Square and Nottingham's Old Market Square in September 2012. Directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray, it aimed to present South Asian dance and music in a fresh and exciting new way. MANDALA united exciting British Asian dancers Aakash Odedra and Devika Rao, hip-hop/streetdance collective Bboy's Attic and a company of artists, mixing the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. The striking dance sequences were set to a powerful soundtrack that featured the music of world-class artists Anoushka Shankar and Zakir Hussain and the performance culminated with an uplifting live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, Talvin Singh. The façades of Town Hall Birmingham and Nottingham Council House formed an interactive backdrop for the shows and the structures came to life with stunning visual effects and 3D digital light projections triggered by the live South Asian music and dance. A 'mandala' is a circular symbol that represents the universe in some Eastern religions. The performance reflected on our journeys through life and how we are all shaped by our experiences. The mandala shape formed by the projections symbolised the idea that the past, present and future are all part of a never-ending life cycle and also represented our collective histories and cultural heritage. The multimedia spectacle provided the dramatic celebrations for the final weekend of the prestigious London 2012 Festival, a 12-week festival that showcased the UK's world-class culture and gave people across the UK an opportunity to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. MANDALA aimed to awaken a mood of joy and celebration by inspiring audiences to salute the achievements of the past and to renew their collective hopes for the future. It ultimately created an immersive and memorable experience enjoyed by more than twelve thousand people across the three performances.

sampad SEPP-Digital placements, Linz September 2012

Film by Saranjit Birdi, a placement on sampad's SEPP:Digital programme. During August and September 2012 eight participants spent time at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. For more information about future placements email buzby@sampad.org.uk

Inspired by Tagore - Sampad

The 'Words Into Movement' evening, presented dance performances alongside readings of selected poems and stories from the book 'Inspired by Tagore', published by sampad in partnership with British Council India. This event was promoted by sampad and Birmingham Book Festival in October 2012 to launch the book in the UK. The dancers in these performances took their inspiration from a selection of poems and writings from the book 'Inspired by Tagore'. The selected writings in the book come from submissions of an International writing competition with received entries from over 1500 writers from 37 countries across the UK and around the globe. www.sampad.org.uk

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Mandala 2012 - interview with principal dancer & choreographer Aakash Odedra (Part 3 of 3)

MANDALA is a dazzling free outdoor performance fusing international, British Asian and urban music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections. Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past and the present. The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction. MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers AAKASH ODEDRA and DEVIKA RAO with BBOY'S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, TALVIN SINGH, Mandala will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad South Asian arts and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Friday 7 September 2012, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Performance at 8.30pm, repeat performance at 9.30pm. MANDALA in Birmingham starts with a swing with a free live outdoor set at 6.30pm by seriously hot dhol'n'brass band Red Baraat presented by Town Hall, Birmingham (UK tour produced by Asian Arts Agency). The evening also kicks off artsfest, the UK's biggest free arts festival. Sunday 9 September 2012, Old Market Square, Nottingham Performance at 8.30pm. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the final weekend of MelaFest 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists as part of its Sunday Fiesta. Filming for sampad by Sai Smith at Ballistic.

Mandala 2012 - interview with principal dancer & choreographer Aakash Odedra (Part 2 of 3)

MANDALA is a dazzling free outdoor performance fusing international, British Asian and urban music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections. Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past and the present. The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction. MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers AAKASH ODEDRA and DEVIKA RAO with BBOY'S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, TALVIN SINGH, Mandala will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad South Asian arts and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Friday 7 September 2012, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Performance at 8.30pm, repeat performance at 9.30pm. MANDALA in Birmingham starts with a swing with a free live outdoor set at 6.30pm by seriously hot dhol'n'brass band Red Baraat presented by Town Hall, Birmingham (UK tour produced by Asian Arts Agency). The evening also kicks off artsfest, the UK's biggest free arts festival. Sunday 9 September 2012, Old Market Square, Nottingham Performance at 8.30pm. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the final weekend of MelaFest 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists as part of its Sunday Fiesta. Filming for sampad by Sai Smith at Ballistic.

Mandala 2012 - interview with principal dancer & choreographer Aakash Odedra (Part 1 of 3)

MANDALA is a dazzling free outdoor performance fusing international, British Asian and urban music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections. Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past and the present. The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction. MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers AAKASH ODEDRA and DEVIKA RAO with BBOY'S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, TALVIN SINGH, Mandala will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad South Asian arts and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Friday 7 September 2012, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Performance at 8.30pm, repeat performance at 9.30pm. MANDALA in Birmingham starts with a swing with a free live outdoor set at 6.30pm by seriously hot dhol'n'brass band Red Baraat presented by Town Hall, Birmingham (UK tour produced by Asian Arts Agency). The evening also kicks off artsfest, the UK's biggest free arts festival. Sunday 9 September 2012, Old Market Square, Nottingham Performance at 8.30pm. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the final weekend of MelaFest 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists as part of its Sunday Fiesta. Filming for sampad by Sai Smith at Ballistic.

Anoushka Shankar interview for Mandala 2012 - part 2 of 2

MANDALA is a dazzling free outdoor performance fusing international, British Asian and urban music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections. Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past and the present. The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction. MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers AAKASH ODEDRA and DEVIKA RAO with BBOY'S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, TALVIN SINGH, Mandala will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad South Asian arts and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Friday 7 September 2012, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Performance at 8.30pm, repeat performance at 9.30pm. MANDALA in Birmingham starts with a swing with a free live outdoor set at 6.30pm by seriously hot dhol'n'brass band Red Baraat presented by Town Hall, Birmingham (UK tour produced by Asian Arts Agency). The evening also kicks off artsfest, the UK's biggest free arts festival. Sunday 9 September 2012, Old Market Square, Nottingham Performance at 8.30pm. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the final weekend of MelaFest 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists as part of its Sunday Fiesta. The soundtrack for Mandala features two tracks from Anoushka's album Traveller, which recently won her the Songlines Music Award for Best Artist. Filming for sampad by Sai Smith at Ballistic.

Anoushka Shankar interview for Mandala 2012 (Part 1 of 2)

MANDALA is a dazzling free outdoor performance fusing international, British Asian and urban music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections. Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past and the present. The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction. MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers AAKASH ODEDRA and DEVIKA RAO with BBOY'S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, TALVIN SINGH, Mandala will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad South Asian arts and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Friday 7 September 2012, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Performance at 8.30pm, repeat performance at 9.30pm. MANDALA in Birmingham starts with a swing with a free live outdoor set at 6.30pm by seriously hot dhol'n'brass band Red Baraat presented by Town Hall, Birmingham (UK tour produced by Asian Arts Agency). The evening also kicks off artsfest, the UK's biggest free arts festival. Sunday 9 September 2012, Old Market Square, Nottingham Performance at 8.30pm. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the final weekend of MelaFest 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists as part of its Sunday Fiesta. The soundtrack for Mandala features two tracks from Anoushka's album Traveller, which recently won her the Songlines Music Award for Best Artist. Filming for sampad by Sai Smith at Ballistic.

Mandala 2012 flashmob

sampad's dancers surprise the lunchtime crowd in Chamberlain Square, behind Town Hall, Birmingham to draw their attention to the spectacular forthcoming event, MANDALA! MANDALA is a dazzling FREE outdoor performance fusing international and British Asian music and dance with stunning 3D light projections for the spectacular finale event of the London 2012 Festival in the Midlands. Friday 7 September 2012 *ONE NIGHT ONLY* ​Town Hall, Birmingham, Chamberlain Square  Red Baraat performance at 6.30pm Mandala performances at 8:30pm and 9:30pm Sunday 9 September 2012 *ONE NIGHT ONLY* Nottingham Council House, Old Market Square Mandala performance at 8.30pm​  Performance running time approx 30 mins Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past with the present.The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction. ​ MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers Devika Rao and ​Aakash Odedra, BBOY'S ATTIC choreographed by MARSO and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists Anoushka Shankar and Zakir Hussain​​​, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, Talvin Singh​​​​​​​​, MANDALA will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. MANDALA in Birmingham starts with a swing with a free live outdoor set at 6.30pm by seriously hot dhol'n'brass band Red Baraat presented by Town Hall, Birmingham (UK tour produced by Asian Arts Agency). The evening also kicks off artsfest, the UK's biggest free arts festival. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the final weekend of MelaFest 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists.

Ezra, Aimee, Jannani

Leadership Session - Practical Interview Session

Finale with cues

Moving Earth Rehearsal June 24th 2012

Mandala - a spectacular arts event in Nottingham, 9 September 2012

MANDALA is a dazzling free outdoor performance fusing international and British Asian music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections. Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past, present and future through stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance and music. MANDALA (Sanskrit for 'circle') will unite exciting British Asian dancers AAKASH ODEDRA and DEVIKA RAO with BBOY'S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude. With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, TALVIN SINGH, Mandala will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! WATCH THE TRAILER and find out further artist details at www.mandala.2012.co.uk! MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad and leading arts & technology company, seeper. The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray. The performances will provide a dramatic celebration for the final weekend of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Sunday 9 September, Old Market Square, Nottingham *ONE NIGHT ONLY!* Performance at 8.30pm. MANDALA in Nottingham marks the opening weekend for WORLD EVENT FOR YOUNG ARTISTS as part of its Sunday Fiesta and the final weekend of MELA FEST 2012, presented by New Art Exchange and Nottingham Asian Arts Council.

Mandala - a spectacular arts event in Birmingham & Nottingham, September 2012

Mandala is a bold new collaboration that will see Birmingham Town Hall and Nottingham Council House spectacularly illuminated in a mind-bending illusion of colour and light. Fusing live 3D projections with international and British Asian music and dance, appearances will not be all they seem... The buildings will be brought to life and transformed from their classical facades into breathtaking new forms using projections that jump out towards you and stunning visual effects triggered by live dance and music. Mandala will take you on a journey of discovery and leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. With live contemporary and classical dance, including performances by Devika Rao and Aakash Odedra, featuring pre-recorded tracks by world-class musicians Anoushka Shankar, Zakir Hussain and Talvin Singh, Mandala will be THE free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss! A production by Sampad South Asian arts in partnership with Seeper. Mandala is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Mid-day Mantra 16 June 2012 Tom Pope and Upneet Singh Dhadyalla

Yorkshire-based musician Pope adds a little Hindustani twist to the Italian mandolin as he weaves together the sounds of Europe and India. Tom presents an afternoon of ragas that he has re-shaped through the intricate use of notes, skilfully manipulated and framed with rhytmic patterns of the Tabla.

Mid-day Mantra 19 May 2012 Sarvar Sabri presents Synergy

Mid-day Mantra presented by sampad in association with Town Hall Symphony Hall

Moving Earth workshop, Birmingham

Moving Earth is a dance project across the West Midlands, bringing together choreographed martial arts from India with popular dance styles in the UK. sampad is creating 20 groups of 12 dancers to perform in the run up to the Olympic Games. Inspired by the ecological elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Moving Earth will create new choreography by combining the unique energies of martial arts based dance forms such as Chhau and Kalaripayattu with cutting edge contemporary styles. Two internationally-renowned artists from India, dancer Santosh Kumar Nair and musician Praveen D Rao will lead a team of local choreographers and musicians to develop new performances with a unique musical score. Moving Earth is part of Dancing for the Games, which is celebrating and counting down to London 2012 by encouraging people across the region to get dancing.

Moving Earth workshop, Rock village, Worcestershire

Moving Earth is a dance project across the West Midlands, bringing together choreographed martial arts from India with popular dance styles in the UK. sampad is creating 20 groups of 12 dancers to perform in the run up to the Olympic Games. Inspired by the ecological elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Moving Earth will create new choreography by combining the unique energies of martial arts based dance forms such as Chhau and Kalaripayattu with cutting edge contemporary styles. Two internationally-renowned artists from India, dancer Santosh Kumar Nair and musician Praveen D Rao will lead a team of local choreographers and musicians to develop new performances with a unique musical score. Moving Earth is part of Dancing for the Games, which is celebrating and counting down to London 2012 by encouraging people across the region to get dancing.

Moving Earth workshop, Dudley

Moving Earth is a dance project across the West Midlands, bringing together choreographed martial arts from India with popular dance styles in the UK. sampad is creating 20 groups of 12 dancers to perform in the run up to the Olympic Games. Inspired by the ecological elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Moving Earth will create new choreography by combining the unique energies of martial arts based dance forms such as Chhau and Kalaripayattu with cutting edge contemporary styles. Two internationally-renowned artists from India, dancer Santosh Kumar Nair and musician Praveen D Rao will lead a team of local choreographers and musicians to develop new performances with a unique musical score. Moving Earth is part of Dancing for the Games, which is celebrating and counting down to London 2012 by encouraging people across the region to get dancing.

Moving Earth workshop, Burton On Trent

Moving Earth is a dance project across the West Midlands, bringing together choreographed martial arts from India with popular dance styles in the UK. sampad is creating 20 groups of 12 dancers to perform in the run up to the Olympic Games. Inspired by the ecological elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Moving Earth will create new choreography by combining the unique energies of martial arts based dance forms such as Chhau and Kalaripayattu with cutting edge contemporary styles. Two internationally-renowned artists from India, dancer Santosh Kumar Nair and musician Praveen D Rao will lead a team of local choreographers and musicians to develop new performances with a unique musical score. Moving Earth is part of Dancing for the Games, which is celebrating and counting down to London 2012 by encouraging people across the region to get dancing.

Moving Earth workshop, Solihull

Moving Earth is a dance project across the West Midlands, bringing together choreographed martial arts from India with popular dance styles in the UK. sampad is creating 20 groups of 12 dancers to perform in the run up to the Olympic Games. Inspired by the ecological elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Moving Earth will create new choreography by combining the unique energies of martial arts based dance forms such as Chhau and Kalaripayattu with cutting edge contemporary styles. Two internationally-renowned artists from India, dancer Santosh Kumar Nair and musician Praveen D Rao will lead a team of local choreographers and musicians to develop new performances with a unique musical score. Moving Earth is part of Dancing for the Games, which is celebrating and counting down to London 2012 by encouraging people across the region to get dancing.

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