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October, 2011
Vol: 001


Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘a civilizational dimension’, NAGARIKA is an integrated information system on Indian physical traditions through technology and is the first such initiative in India in the field of traditional performing arts. The attempt is to showcase the various concepts of the body as well as the principles of movement underlying these traditions as articulated by masters of the form from a vantage point and worldview shaped by their particular paradigms and contexts.

The interactive DVD focuses on the Northern style of the martial art form Kalarippayattu and is the outcome of a three year research project 'Rediscovering the Kalarippayattu Spectrum' supported by Ford Foundation. The interactive DVD features students and masters of Hindustan Kalari, Choorakkody Kalari, C.V.N Kalari and EPV Kalari.

By providing a window to Kalarippayattu and its practitioners through the easily accessible format of an interactive DVD, it is hoped that artistes and practitioners will be able to delve into tradition and revitalise the form with new ideas, besides developing platforms for discussion and exploration on different aspects of the form. Order your copy online here!

Upcoming Events
MeiDhwani in Europe

MeiDhwani, Attakkalari's latest production has been invited to Germany.This international collaboration is supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Details:

7th, 8th October: Kunstlerhaus Mousontrum, Frankfurt

12th October: Theatre im Pumpenhaus, Munster

14th, 15th October: Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf

NAGARIKA and works by Young Choreographers - three of whom have been bestowed the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award - Uruvam, Nadir, Uyire and Padheyam will also be presented:

Young Choreographers: 13th October, Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf

NAGARIKA:13th, 14th, 15th October, Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf.

Synchronous Objects in Bangalore

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Attakkalari will present Synchronous Objects, an interactive screen-based work developed by William Forsythe, Maria Palazzi, and Norah Zuniga Shaw and a team of interdisciplinary collaborators at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). More information here.

The installation and public lectures (by Norah Zuniga Shaw) will be free and open to the public.

5th-8th November: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.

TRACES in Korea

Attakkalari in collaboration with Seoul based Dance Theatre CcadoO will be performing TRACES, a multimedia dance production in South Korea this September and October. The production is co-commissioned by InKo Centre with support from Arts Council Korea.

13th Daegu International Dance Festival: September 27th, Daegu Cultural Centre

14th Seoul International Dance Festival: October 2nd, Mary Hall, Sogang University

Recent News
Storm at Attakkalari

Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore partnered with Attakkalari for the Opening Programme of the Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities celebrations held to commemorate the festivities of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Germany.

As part of its activities, Niels 'Storm' Robitzky, dancer-choreographer from Berlin gave a lecture-demonstration at Attakkalari on September 17th, 2011. Storm also conducted an exclusive workshop 'Storm breaks in Bangalore' for local dancers in collaboration with Attakkalari, the outcome of which was integrated into the opening programme performance held on September 24th at Bangalore.

Nagarika at DFID

Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy presented Attakkalari’s seminal research project NAGARIKA at the Digital Futures in Dance (DFID) National Conference, Pavillion Dance, Bournemouth, UK on September 9th.

Digital Futures in Dance is a platform to discuss future possibilities for dance and technology and also investigates how new digital technologies create new conditions for choreographing and presenting dance. The conference hosted over 20 international speakers and artists from Israel, Croatia, US, Germany, the UK and India.

Over Skype, Jayachandran Palazhy spoke about the process behind NAGARIKA -Kalarippayattu and answered questions from the audience.

New Diploma batch begins!

At Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts & Mixed Media, 27 enthusiastic students began their first term on September 12th, 2011.This also includes two students visiting from Dance Company Frikar, Norway.

United by their passion for dance, young men and women from diverse backgrounds ranging from theatre to engineering and architecture have embarked on the first leg of this interesting and challenging journey!

Attakkalari on social media!

Attakkalari is now active on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and also the professional network, LinkedIn. Our presence on these sites will help our fans stay abreast of the latest events and other news from Attakkalari.

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Photo Credits: Peter Christopher, Anoop Kumar, Jin ho Kim, Synchronous Objects Project, The Ohio State University and The Forsythe Company & Attakkalari

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore-560027
Tel: 91 + 080 + 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690