Lara trained at Birmingham School of Acting.
Having trained at the Birmingham School of Acting – Lara performed across the UK, whilst also being a leading figure in the fight against breast cancer.
This year she was proud to be in Nutkhut’s immersive production ‘Dr Blighty’ at the Brighton Festival to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the 74,000 Indian Soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of this country. Lara played one of the Brighton Lasses, a role close to her heart being a local lass herself. This was a theatre experience of a lifetime working with such a wonderful eclectic team and an incredibly humbling experience honouring those brave souls.
Lara is currently working on her first one-woman show based on a blog she wrote called ‘Get Your Tits Out!’ of her experience of the many highs and a few lows of having breast cancer back in 2014.
Lara’s favourite things are her Jack Russell terrier Edward and the word Spandex.
Her ultimate room 101 has to be those dangly fake plastic topiary balls people hang outside their front doors. “I mean… Why?!”
Hailing from the Bangladesh in Chittagong region, at the age of five Bishan had an overwhelming passion for dance.
Bishan has studied dance at the famous Shilpocala Dance Academy, one of the leading academies in South East Asia where he trained in classical Indian and Bangladeshi folk dance & Contemporary dance, as well as popular western Dance like jazz and Ballet. After finishing studies Bishan came to the UK to further his education in dance.
While In the UK Bishan studied dance at Weymouth College while at the same time touring across the UK doing stage and TV shows. Bishan has been a regular performer for many of the Asian satellite channels – being broadcast across Bangla TV, Channel S, Channel I, Zee TV, NTV and also Star Plus.
Bishan was tutored by Akram Khan, a global leading contemporary dance master.
Bishan wants to pass on his passion for Indian dance in the UK through his Bollywood dance classes. His vision is simple and deep, to promote Bollywood contemporary dance based on Indian ideologies, Dance is fun, Dance is energetic, Dance is liberating, Dance empowers, Dance means passion and love.
Arts Council England support Nutkhut’s National initiative of incorporating Mela into the wider Outdoor Arts sector.
The Arts Council has announced an investment to support Made in Mela: a national partnership to integrate Mela into the wider outdoor arts sector.
A programme of high quality work will reach family audiences through Melas in Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, London, Tunbridge Wells and Sandwell & Birmingham.
Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said:
“The Arts Council is dedicated supporting and promoting art forms which reflect the nation we serve. Nutkhut’s project is an important step towards recognising the south Asian celebration of Mela as a vital part in our collective culture. Hundreds of families and children across the country will be introduced to it in the best possible way.
Khairul Alam, Chair of Manchester Mega Mela said:
‘This unique opportunity recognizes the impact Mela has made on the cultural landscape of the UK. For almost 30 years, Mela has quietly existed on the fringes of the arts sector, but has remained an important and central moment in the lives of our communities – this initiative brings Mela in to the mainstream.”
Ajay Chhabra co-Artistic Director Nutkhut, said:
“Mela brings people together. Made in Mela is an exciting programme to support, develop and strengthen the outdoor arts sector, through artistic exchange, professional development and opportunities for all audiences to experience the best of diverse outdoor work nationally.”
The funding is part of the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme, which aims to give people better access to quality work in a range of venues to reach more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. It welcomes applications for a wide range of arts on tour including, in particular, mid-scale theatre, inbound international work, and more work by and for people from diverse backgrounds.
In this round of the fund, there are nine successful applicants from London with a total investment of £1,389,779.
Information about the programme and application deadlines for future rounds can be found here.
#Mela Matters #1 – 2017
The first Mela Seminar of 2017 and launch of the Mela Matters Advocacy Document, in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, to mark the significant impact Mela and the Arts have made to South Asian communities in Britain today.
Copies of the document will be made available on the day and distributed to key stakeholders and funding bodies. There will also be an online version available on this website.
By invitation only.
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2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Partition. Through the power of the arts, Mela has transformed the way in which South Asian communities celebrate in the public domain. Led largely by volunteers, the Mela movement has grown to create a significant critical mass over the past 7 decades. Mela successfully engages with initiatives around social cohesion and integration, access and engagement all through the prism of the arts. To mark this anniversary and the contribution made by Mela in transforming perceptions of communities, The Mela Partnership kicks off the year with this key seminar with speakers and guests who have made a significant difference in public life to Mela and to the arts in general.
Speakers include representatives from the Outdoor Arts sector, ACE, ISAN and the University of Wolverhampton.