Springfield Ward

Piali Ray

Piali Ray is the founder and director of Sampad. She was born in Calcutta where she was educated and introduced to the arts from a young age. In 1982 she moved to Birmingham to be with her husband, and started teaching Bharatanatyam dance to local families at the mac and at the adult education centre in Sparkhill. She eventually stopped teaching dance in the 90’s to focus on developing a more organised and valuable approach to developing South Asian arts in Birmingham, leading to the creation of Sampad.

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