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Eltham Palace

In the world of Nukthut, the monsoon rains hold a special place. On a warm, wet, drizzly, grey, showery, 14th October, we presented our mix of community and professional dance ensembles at CultureFest at Eltham Palace. It’s fair to say the monsoon rains had decided to arrive in time for the festival. We selected a medley of songs with the theme of rain and armed with our rain friendly chattris (umbrellas) we shared the choreography of falling droplets of rain to a wonderful inter-generational audience. With the monsoon comes change, prosperity and often risk and as a result the monsoon season has inspired poets, musicians and artists for many thousands of years from the Indian Sub -continent. Many Nutkhut projects have included ‘rain’ as a moment of change - in our award winning ‘Bollywood Steps’ water and rain were at the heart of this show, with a grande finale where we dispensed 3000 litres of recycled rainwater into the show. In the words of our wonderful neighbours, Greenwich Dance, “the whole of the Great Hall erupted into a scene of sequins and colour as the magical dancers from Nutkhut had everyone up and dancing.” Photo Credit: Greenwich Dance and Nicole Guarino