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A Tree in Time

The magical Annapurna Indian Dance company presents A Tree in Time: a dance and storytelling session with live Tabla, inspired by the true story of Saalumarada Thimmakka, an Indian woman who has dedicated her life to planting trees.  Artists include internationally renowned Tabla Mastro Sanju Sahai, musician Kirpal Singh Panesar and Kathak dancer Jaymini Sahai with writer Ian Clyaton as the storyteller.

Saalumarada was born in a remote village and did not receive a formal education. An active campaigner on afforestation, she has over her lifetime planted 8,000+ trees, including 385 banyan trees, the national tree of India. She used to carry pails of water for over four kilometres to water the saplings every day, demonstrating a selfless dedication towards trees and the environment. Now 112 years old, Saalumarada was conferred with the Padma Shri award by the government of India in 2019. 

Annapurna Indian Dance was founded in Halifax by artistic director Shantha Rao with a vision to connect communities through dance and sharing stories. Since its inception, the company has placed environmental conversations at the front and centre of all its projects, speaking up about the Climate Crisis and encouraging people to make changes to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.  

Date: Tuesday 23 April  

Time: 7pm-8pm 

Venue: Attic, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP 

Tickets: £5 free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers

Age guidance: 16+ 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/lawrence-batley-theatre 

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