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

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Published on Sep 1, 2012

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.

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