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, the Group has crossed momentous milestones in its career of over seven decades.
The Group has performed 5000 shows & conducted 500 tours through the length & breadth of the country. Led by Yog Sunder’s adventurous spirit and infectious enthusiasm the Group has taken art to the masses, performing for army jawans in frontier areas, prisoners in jails, industrial workers, farmers in remote interiors& students.
The Group has represented the country many times abroad as an official cultural delegation. Recently the Group toured France and performed at the Festival of India in Morocco & Italy. It has performed in USSR, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Turkey, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Tanzania, Kenya, & Afghanistan. The Group received rave reviews in the foreign Press with front-page news and photographs. The Group was one of the three selected by the Government of India to represent India at the sixth World Youth Festival, Moscow. The Group also represented India at the International Dance Festival, Iraq & Turkey and won awards and distinction. The Group has performed in the Cultural Festival of India, London, 1985, Tagore Festival, U.K. & Scotland, 1986, Cultural festival of India, U.S.A-1991, Festival Of India, Island of Reunion-1992 sponsored by the Govt. of France in, 8 cities of Japan sponsored by Indo Japan Goodwill Association in 1997.The Group represented Delhi city in Tokyo as part of the Chief Minister’s delegation at the Asian Network of Metropolitan Cities in 2001. Muscat Festival 2006. Performed Ramayana in Canada in 2009, 2012 & 2013. Performed In Tagore Festival in Korea in 2011. Represented India at the Haiphong Festival in Vietnam for Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs in 2013. Toured 20 cities of France with The Wonder That Is India in 2016. Performed at the prestigious Festival Of India in Morocco and Italy for Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
The Group had the honour of performing at the first command performance for the first Prime Minister & the first President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and before many national & international leaders.
The Group has produced many productions of high artistic merit designed by great masters. The first brochure was designed by none other than Satyajit Ray.
The Group is currently led by Papiha Desai, a multitalented dancer & choreographer who has created a remarkable body of choreographic work in the last three decades, which has been performed & presented globally & Shashidharan Nair, a renowned choreographer of India.
The Group’s founder, Shri Yog Sunder Desai, has been honoured by Govt. of India’s Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his lifetime contribution to the field of Dance.
The Group is dedicated to the cause of furthering the rich multi-cultural heritage, mythology, philosophy & glory of India.
- The Wonder That Is India for Culture Minister Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Ministry of Culture at the launch of All Women Ambassadors Group, Delhi, April 2022
SunderKand on Hanuman Jayanti for Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi, April 2022
The Wonder That Is India at Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival – Kaleidoscope, Delhi, March 2022
- New Production YOG VASANTAH-Celebrating Spring, Delhi, March 2022
- THE WONDER THAT IS INDIA at the American Embassy School to celebrate India Week, Delhi October 2022
THE WONDER THAT IS INDIA at the Tijara Fort for Neemrana Foundation to celebrate Christmas, Delhi, December 2021
PARASHURAMA at Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Nritya Sanrachana Festival in Agartala, Tripura, October 2021
New Production YOG YUVA NRITYA, Delhi, March 2021