Indian Dance South West

Joys and pains of love: heroines and lovers relationships explored in traditional Indian dance

India Dance South West was launched in 2015 and now Vibha Selvaratnam is presenting the UK premiere of her new work Nayika (Heroine) at the Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday, March 22 2016.

Through Classical Indian dance of Bharatanatyam, the audience is drawn into the state of mind of a woman in love.

Nayika is Vibha’s new work for which the initial idea was developed last year through Wales Dance Platform.

Vibha visited India and developed the idea further. The premiere took place as part of the ‘Nrityotsava’ Dance festival in Bangalore, India receiving much praise.

Vibha explores the different types of heroines and their relationships with their lovers.

The different moods of love described in the ancient Sanskrit scriptures are explored through classical dance in an innovative way with a modern edge.

Indian Dance South West

From the excitement of anticipation and enjoying the romantic union, to the unbearable pain of separation and her fury when he returns after being unfaithful, this work delves into the timeless feelings of the joys and pains of love, just as relatable now as it was when these women were first depicted thousands of years ago.

The UK premiere of Nayika (Heroine) by Vibha Selvaratnam is at the Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 22 Mar 2016 at 7.30pm. For tickets call the box office on 01392 667080 or visit