South Asian Dance in the UK
Dance in India was for thousands of years associated with Hindu temples and the temple arts. Dancers were known as Devadasis (temple dancers) or Bayadères. Dance was a sign of prosperity for the temples and the stories told by the dancers were used to educate ordinary people in the ways of the gods.
The region of South Asia covers the Indian subcontinent south of the Himalayas, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afganistan. The collections from South Asian collections include textiles, paintings, sculpture, jewellery, popular culture, architecture and photography.