dancer performing outdoors




A classical Kathak work choreographed for a contemporary audience.

Bells, originally created in collaboration with Theatre Tol, a Belgian performing arts company known for its uniquely stylised street theatre. This spectacle unites the best international South Asian dance artists with the spell-binding flying aerialists from Theatre Tol. This crowd pleasing production delivers a breathtaking magical experience. Audience members are invited to join a dramatic wedding procession, under the gaze of aerial fairies building up to a celebratory Kathak finale.

It was originally choreographed by the legendary Kumudini Lakhia and later reworked by Amina Khayyam and Urja Desai Thakore. The original music score for Bells is by Atul Desai and Niraj Chag, the composer for Sadler’s Wells Bollywood musical ‘Wah! Wah! Girls’.

Bells was commissioned by Mayor of London to be performed at The Trafalgar Square Festival on 10 August 2007. Since then Bells and its segments such as Ekatra toured several prestigious venues such as National Theatre, Showtimes 2012 as part of London Olympics celebrations.

“Daring and truly site specific…”

Alaknanda Samarth, Actor, Audience member

“Bells was wonderful…As I left amide the huge crowd I thought to myself this is the kind of occasion that reminds me why I live in London.”

Theresa Beattie, Dance Consultant, Audience member

“Sangeet Natak, Akademi has also created a beautiful baitak space”

Sharon Lowen, The Asian Age


Creative Team

Original ChoreographyKumudini Lakhia
Re-choreographyAmina Khayyam and Urja Desai Thakore
ComposerAtul Desai and Niraj Chag
Production design and SculptureNaresh Kapuria
CollaboratorsTheatre Tol

Media Credits

ImagesPete Schiazza and Vipul Sangoi


TablaAbhay Shankar Mishra and Hiren Chate
SarangiIlyas Gulabkhan Pathan
ViolinAmi Ericx

Supported by

Mayor of London and India Now. 

With special thanks to Plymouth Festival, Showtime 2012, National Portrait Gallery, National Theatre.

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