Papers of Pushpalata Dance Drama Company

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains information on the biography and history of dancer Priya Pawar and Pushpalata Dance Company. It includes several images of performances along with promotional materials for a number of shows. Secondary support material comprises of copies of reviews and newspaper articles on Pawar.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Pushpalata (Pushpalata translates as “cluster of flowers”) Dance Drama Company was founded in 1992 by Priya Pawar. Pawar is an Indian classical dancer, who had previously danced around the world and had formed the Triveni dance company with her then husband Pratap Pawar. Launching her solo career Pawar became Artistic Director of Pushpalata and was the driving force, and chief performer, for many of their productions. The company focuses on Odissi and Kathak dance practices, but also performs in a number of collaborations with Western dance forms, most notably investigating the point at which Flamenco and Kathak dance meet.

As well as performing, Pawar has set up a Pushpalata Dance School, which holds workshops and classes, and also founded schools in India and Madrid.


Three numbered folders.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited as part of the SADAA (formerly SALIDAA) archive.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available for the manuscript material.

Alternative Form Available

Digitised copies of some of this material are available on VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The collection consists mainly of paper and photographs which need no special equipment to view it. Some of the reviews have faded or have been poorly copied are challenging to read.

Archivist's Note

Described by Joanne McPhie with amendments by Katie Flanagan.

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However, you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.


Collection is complete.