The Group

Indian Revival Group is one of the principal dance ensembles of the country, which completes 60 years of 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 important milestones.

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. Yog Sunder has been selected for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puruskar for 2008. The Group is currently led by Papiha Desai, a young generation choreographer with an impressive body of choreographic work in India & abroad.

The Group has been a cultural ambassador of India, representing the country as an official cultural delegation & had the honour of performing at the first command performance for the first Prime Minister & President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. 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 has represented the country many times abroad as official cultural delegation. 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.

Recent Performances

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Natyanjali Festival of Dance Theatre, Mumbai, January 2009.
  • Bhagidari 2009, Govt. of Delhi- specially commissioned presentations on “Save Heritage”&“Save water”
  • Ramayana Mahotsav, Chitrakoot, February 2009
  • International conference at Taj Mahal, Mumbai for MPOC, 2008
  • Launch of Sunway Opus in Hyderabad, 2008
  • International Fidi Congress 2008
  • 4th International Oil & Material conference, 2008
  • Cultural Festival in Kathmandu, 2008
  • Delhi International Arts Festival for Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2007
  • Delhi Day at International Trade Fair for Govt. of Delhi & DSIDC 2006, 2007.
  • International Conference for Power Grid Corporation, 2007
  • Opening & Closing ceremony of Sports Tournaments for Indian Railways, 2005 to 2008
  • International conference for KPMG, 2007& 2008
  • Petro Tech conference1997 to 2007
  • Documentation of the Group’s Productions by Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2006.
  • Muscat Festival -2006 organized by Govt. of Oman.