The Indian Revival Group completes 6 decades of unbroken chain of existence since its inception in 1948
The Group’s founder Shri Yog Sunder Desai selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Puruskar, 2008 for his contribution in the field of dance.
It has performed 5000 shows & conducted 250 tours through the length & the breadth of the country.
The Group has made significant contribution in revival & promotion of art and culture. It has researched, revived & mastered a rich variety of dance forms of India, paying tributes to the multi cultural heritage of India.
The Group performed before the First Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru & First President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad at a command performance at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The Group also performed before Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, Smt.Indira Gandhi, Shri Morarji Desai, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.
The Group recorded the first dance program for Doordarshan.
As a Cultural Ambassador, the Group has represented India as an official cultural delegation & participated in numerous Festivals.
The Group won awards at the International Dance Festivals in Iraq & Turkey
It has undertaken long tours at times lasting over two years at a stretch.
The Indian Revival Group has performed in villages, in remote interiors, hills and border areas. It has traveled widely in India with a different outlook, taking art to the common man, instead of confining it to the four-walls of the theatre.
The group has performed in schools, colleges, military camps, factories and in rural areas before vast masses of students, troops, labourers & kisans so that maximum people could see at minimum cost.
The group has conducted hundreds of lecture- demonstrations for schools and colleges
The group was one of the three selected by the Government of India to represent India at the sixth World Youth Festival held at Moscow.
In its first tour abroad, the Group received rave reviews in the Egyptian Press with front-page news and photographs.
Led by the adventurous & enterprising zeal of its founder, Choreographer Shri Yog Sunder, IRG visited Afghanistan twice on its own and performed 60 shows in Kabul, Kandahar and Herat.
The group performed in the villages of Gujarat before villagers who had never witnessed such a performance before & gave them their first performance space by erecting permanent stages which still stand today.
IRG performed for the Indian Army under the patronage of General Maneckshaw several times.
Empowered with an incredible spirit & enthusiasm of the founder, the Group undertook highly adventurous & strenuous tours to border areas in Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh.
Often braving inhospitable weather conditions & inadequate arrangements, the Group performed using oxygen masks & wearing Army boots & jackets, performing on stages created by joining trucks & headlights of the truck providing stage lights!
The Group created employment opportunities for countless artistes, who equipped with the training imparted in the group, joined Govt. organizations & schools as dancers, teachers & composers. Some started their own schools training more students & creating awareness of Indian art & culture.
Indian Revival Group is a premier dance ensemble of India, celebrating 74 years of an unbroken chain of existence since its inception in 1948. Founded by Shri Yog Sunder, a product of Tagore’s Shantiniketan & Gandhian ideologies & a distinguished choreographer who ranks amongst the pioneers
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