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Nina Rajarani

Independent Indian dance and music organisation named Srishti, run by Nina Rajarani MBE has been awarded a grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced.

“I am overwhelmed, relieved and grateful for this result. The trust and belief placed by Arts Council England in my company’s work has given me renewed strength to continue forging ahead, come what may, ”Nina Rajarani responded.

Nina Rajarani

Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden commented.

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”, Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said.

Srishti is a resident company of Harrow Arts Centre. Since its formation in 1991 the company has regularly created and toured work nationally and internationally. Artistic Director Nina Rajarani MBE creates authentic classical Indian dance with a present-day flavour, always featuring live musicians who become part of the story, so that her work reaches people who haven’t experienced classical dance before. Nina was awarded an MBE for Services to South Asian dance in 2009 and received the prestigious choreography Place Prize for her choreography of ‘QUICK!’.

Nina Rajarani

As well as the professional touring dance company, Nina runs a successful dance and music school in Harrow Arts Centre. Srishti has many projects in the pipeline and the grant from The Culture Recovery Fund means that Srishti will be able to continue to develop these projects instead of having to close down whilst unable to perform to live audiences. The company will be able to provide paid work to freelance dancers as they develop new work to be shared either online or to live audiences when current restrictions ease.

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