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.
Pinch, Punch – Joke’s on Us!
The Mystery of April Fool’s Day.
Do you know much about the All Fool’s Day? We sure didn’t here at NutKhut! And to be honest, we now know even less…
Much like the mischievous time itself, April 1st’s origins are uncertain.
There’s much speculation this yearly day-of-play stems from a rejoicing of springtime.
With the clocks changing and sudden summery spells headlining our weather reports, there’s plenty of colourful change to in the air that could encourage such a day.
Curiously, this ambiguous time of winter jumpers Vs. summer shirts makes us so often feels the weather is playing tricks on us, too!
Quit the clowning around, Mother Nature!
But delving deeper, there is a riotous history of parties at the time of year – including the Greco-Roman festival, Hilaria.
Traditionally celebrated on March 25th to honour Cybele, an Ancient Greek Mother of Gods, the Greeks sure knew how to throw a party!
Parades, pranks and masquerades were all on the menu to mark the occasion and the first day after the vernal equinox.
It’s fascinating to learn and then soon unlearn how little we really know about the day.
All the while we have so little grasp on the origins of the day, we still have taken such a fancy to it – particularly in Europe and North America.
Celebrated with jokes and good intent, there is fun to be had in this day of merriment – and why not, we say!?
Yes, the origins remain a mystery – but one thing’s for sure – us not knowing the history behind the mask but simply celebrating the whole light-hearted of the day at face-value is a welcome breath of fresh air.
We wish you a Happy April Fool’s, folks!
Culture is magical. It can take us by surprise in ways that nothing else can. It’s the magic that creates special experiences and friendships.
It’s often visible in our institutions but more often invisible in our communities where people live and work; yet, it is all around us and exists in all the corners of our capital.
The London Borough of Culture is an exciting opportunity to illuminate the cultural gems that exist in these corners, and to demonstrate the many ways in which long-established cultural experiences blend with new.
This is a unique moment in our capitals history to focus on what we have, not just the visible but the invisible.
Growing up in a corner of the capital that was never quite sure whether it was in the country or the city was special. The marshes of Erith and Belvedere contained all the romanticism of Derek’s Jarman’s relationship with Dungeness – the bleakness, the working river and the railway which employed generations of my family. Despite the challenges, my parents and grandparents came up with an ingenious idea – to live next door to each other and to buy the shops either side. And so, a community began to emerge with a convenience store at its heart.
My earliest cultural memory stems from this corner of the capital where I grew up. With working parents, every summer, my sister and I would attend a play-scheme. During the heat wave of 1976 I insisted on wearing a stripy tank top, stripy shirt and Rupert Bear trousers! Unbeknownst to me, I made the front page of the local newspaper as the ‘Boy in fancy dress’ in the annual summer parade. And so, my love affair with the alternative arts began..
What we take for granted today, our glorious parks and open spaces, in the 1970’s and 1980’s were to be avoided, so I co-founded Nutkhut and we set out to change this. A generation later the London Mela appears across the capital and injects culture and creativity into these spaces, for everyone.
I’m delighted to be a Cultural Ambassador for the Mayor of London and to advocate the amazing cultural riches our city has to offer. I know this award is going to help create a little magic in the corners of our city that have remained invisible for too long.
Best of luck to the boroughs and to all those involved with bids!