National South Asian Youth Dance Competition

In 2019, Akademi marked 40 years of nurturing excellence in South Asian dance. As part of these celebrations, Akademi partnered with One Dance UK, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yuva Gati to present NAVADAL at U.Dance 2019, the National Youth Dance Festival, at Southbank Centre.

Meaning “new shoots” in Hindi, NAVADAL is Akademi’s biennial National South Asian Youth Dance Competition. It is an opportunity for young dancers to be recognised at an early stage in their career and is a catalyst for them to find new pathways into the dance sector.

This fantastic event, an opportunity for young dancers to be recognised at an early stage in their career, saw 41 dance students, across solo and group categories, perform in the prestigious Clore Ballroom.

Thank you to all the participants who competed so breathtakingly, to One Dance UK and the whole U.Dance2019 team at Southbank Centre, to Raheem Mir our host for the day, to our team of expert judges (), to Meera Patel who worked with Akademi as the producer of NAVADAL and of course to our fantastic and enthusiastic audience.


20 July 2019 | Southbank Centre
Part of One Dance UK’s U.Dance

NAVADAL Competition

Clore Ballroom
11am – 3pm

NAVADAL Rising Stars

Purcell Room
Tickets £5 

NAVADAL 2019 winners

We’re delighted to share the competition winners of the day:

13-18 group | Kirti Kala Mandir UK
with Trivat, choreography and teaching by Ashwini Kalsekar

13-18 solo | Aishani Ghosh
with Pradosha, choreography by Pashwanath Upadhay and taught by Chitraleka Bolar.

19-25 solo | Saloni Saraf
with Maulik Shah Tarana, choreography by Maulik Shah, Ankh and Sujata Banerjee and taught by Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Sujata Banerjee.

Special mention goes to Sundaresan Ramesh who won the Aasha ‘Hope’ Award, supported by Anita Srivastava of New Dimensions Arts. The award provides £250 in cash and in-kind support towards the submission of an Arts Council funding application to further a dancer’s development.

NAVADAL forms a key part of Akademi’s work in developing professional pathways into the wider dance sector. Numerous participants have had the opportunity to progress into our artist development programmes and productions.


JudgesSubathra Subramaniam (panel chair), Archita Kumar, Sushma Mehta, Chitra Sundaram and Nina Rajarani MBE
Akademi 40th anniversary ProducerNina Head
NAVADAL Rising Stars curatorVidya Patel
NAVADAL Project coordinatorMeera Patel
HostRaheem Mir
NAVADAL 2019 supporter logos

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