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AUGUST, 2013
Vol: 003


The Prayana Festival celebrates the varied voices and emerging vibrancy of the Contemporary Dance scene in India today. Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata and Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts team up with several organizations and individuals from Kolkata to bring this five day event to the city.

The Festival aims to shed light on the coming of age of contemporary dance in India through a series of exciting national and international events, as well as, works by young choreographers. The Prayana Festival with its spectacular performances and thought provoking and diverse programme is designed to capture the spirit and complexity of our times and will give the audience a glimpse of the Attakkalari India Biennial, South Asia’s most important festival of contemporary dance and digital arts.
Further details about The Prayana Festivalhere.

In the News
Attakkalari in Europe

Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy, and members of the Attakkalari Repertory Company are travelling on a two-week tour across Europe supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

The tour begins with a performance of Attakkalari’s recent full-length production AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue at The Ballet National De Marseille, France, followed by three performances of another full-length production MeiDhwani – Echoes of the Body in Brussels as part of Europalia India. The company concludes its European tour in Prague with AadhaaraChakra at the famous Archa Theatre.

Parramasala Festival, Sydney

The city of Parramatta is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene including music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, markets and visual arts from around the world. Parramasala, an international contemporary arts festival, captures this wealth and folds it into a unique cultural event that celebrates the global impact of the arts and cultures of Western Sydney’s communities.
As part of the Parramasla festival, CuriousWorks, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and The Dam(n) Project, will present an Australia/India collaborative performance work Zameen. Choreographed by dancers Ronita Mookerji and Sylvester Mardi from Attakkalari along with Australian co-creators - Sydney based producer Jehan Kanga; award winning composer Leah Barclay and Curious Works Artistic Director, S Shakthidharan - this mysterious and captivating multi-media performance draws the audience to the heart of a remote Indian community in the Narmada Valley fighting for its way of life.

Date: Sunday 6th October: 5pm and Monday 7th October: 3pm
Venue: Lennox at Riverside Theatre, Market St, Parramatta, NSW 2150, Australia
Further details here.

Recent Events
Diploma Graduation 2013

The 7th batch of students graduated from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media on Saturday August 17th. The evening, a showcase of the students’ work over their year-long intensive training programme, included presentations in Bharatanatyam, Kalarippayattu and Contemporary Dance.

An enthusiastic audience of parents, friends and well-wishers packed the JSS Auditorium in Jayanagar, Bengaluru and cheered the class of 2013. The Chief Guest for the evening, eminent artist Mr. S.G. Vasudev, handed the certificates and commended the students for their performance. Nihal Pasha was awarded Student of the Year.

The next batch commences on September 16th 2013. Interested students may contact us on 080 22123684 / 41483534 / 41467690 or write to us on attakkalari.diploma@gmail.com

AadhaaraChakra in Chennai

AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue was performed in Chennai on 29th August as a part of The Park's New Festival presented by Prakriti Foundation with the support of Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai. Transmedia Technologies, a division of Attakkalari, provided technical support for the entire evening, transforming the old Fabrics India warehouse at Thoraipakam into a performance arena, while keeping the ambience and feel of the space intact.

AadhaaraChakra is a ‘hybrid performance event’ that weaves movement, film, light, sound and multi-media design into a live contemporary dance performance. The event garnered considerable coverage in the media and was well received by a packed audience of almost 300 people who drove a considerable distance to watch the production.


Photo Credits: Sudeep Bhattacharya, Rajnikanth, The Dam(n) Project, Prakriti Foundation, Prasad and Attakkalari

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru-560027
Tel: +91 80 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690