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About Dance Ihayami

Dance Ihayami is Scotland’s Indian dance company, dedicated to the contemporisation of Indian dance. Founded in 2003 by Priya Shrikumar, the company is based in Edinburgh and works throughout Scotland and beyond. The company challenges ideas about Indian classical dance and creates innovative contemporary work, regularly collaborating with different art forms and media. Dance Ihayami’s dance work is rooted in strong classical Indian technique, with an edgy contemporary style. The company’s vision is to enrich the Scottish national repertoire of dance, and engage people of all ages and backgrounds in Indian classical and contemporary dance as audience, artists and participants.

“[Dance Ihayami is a] Scottish company tapping into the Southern Indian past. They have their own distinct identities, emerge from specific cultural values, climates and histories, and celebrate both the purity of tradition and its hybrid evolution.”
Gareth Vile, The Skinny, 2009